TV and radio presenter Chris Evans is officially going to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May with a three-year deal to host “Top Gear” putting the brakes on weeks of speculation over who will front the popular motoring show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson's sacking.
The Radio 2 DJ was revealed to be replacing Jeremy Clarkson in an official BBC statement last night, despite saying that he would "never run for office" after Clarkson was sacked following a "fracas" with a producer in March. The statement from the corporation said: "We're announcing today that Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead an all-new Top Gear line-up."
Evans, who currently hosts the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and the One Show, said: “I’m thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time.
“Created by a host of brilliant minds who love cars and understand how to make the massively complicated come across as fun, devil-may-care and effortless, when in fact it’s anything but, and that’s the genius of Top Gear’s global success.
“I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward.”
Evans confirmed on Twitter he will continue to host his radio breakfast show – but made no mention of the One Show. “First tweet as new Top Gear host. I would like to say Jeremy, Richard & James are the greatest. And NO I'm not leaving the R2 Breakfast Show” he tweeted.
..... Devashree Goenka