GWA take a look at the rise and fall of the new Top Gear and Chris Evans’ recent resignation.
It was always going to be a struggle to fill the boots of the hugely popular Jeremy Clarkson-led trio, but Top Gear made big changes as the team focused on making the new season a hit.
After what has been classed as a poor performance with Chris Evans at the helm, Top Gear has waved goodbye to the presenter, and now has chosen to axe its usual Christmas specials, according to a new report.
The TV bosses reportedly planned on airing two festive specials in addition to the revamped series, but now they have canned the idea in favour of concentrating on the new season to try and save the show.
After Evans quit, his co-hosts including Matt LeBlanc, are still on the show. The BBC said: “Planning for Top Gear series 24 is under way. “The team will be working towards bringing the show back some time in the early part of 2017.”
Since leaving, the former Top Gear host Chris Evans lent his support to rival Matt LeBlanc to take over the reins as the show’s main host.
The Radio 2 presenter says he is ‘entirely sad’ his hosting duties on Top Gear were not a success, describing himself as a ‘square peg in a round hole’ after stepping down from the show when ratings for the series finale slipped to 1.9million.
Chris has thrown his weight behind fellow presenter Matt writing in his Event magazine column: “He is the captain Top Gear truly needs going forward, the perfect torso for the rest of TG’s limbs.
“Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he’s just such a pro.
“The whole time I worked with him, he never once looked at the clock, was never late on set, knew his lines inside out and back to front and, most importantly on such an intense production, he always had time for everyone, especially the crew.
Matt, 48, reportedly threatened to quit the show if Chris stayed for a second series. Chris insisted he would still be a ‘huge fan’ of the show, and reassured fans: “The Top Gear ship has been steadily refloated.”
Despite low viewing numbers in the UK, the BBC’s commercial arm says the revamped show ironically sold to more countries than before.
Top Gear is considered to be the BBC’s biggest global brand with sales of the TV show, DVDs, books, live shows and other merchandise thought to be worth more than £50m a year. The head of the corporation’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, has said Top Gear remains on track as an international brand.
As you may be aware filming is underway for Jeremy Clarkson’s new motoring series The Grand Tour, the ex-stars of Top Gear spoke out on the recent events surrounding the rebooted series on the BBC.
According to Mail Online, James May was asked for his reaction that Chris Evans has stood down following a disastrous series of Top Gear. And allegedly May’s response was: “Very chuffed.”
Clarkson was also asked for his opinion on the matter, to which he simply said: “Don’t be stupid!” before in true Clarkson style, trying to grab the camera of the person asking him the questions.
The pair were joined last week by co-host Richard Hammond as they shot a sequence for their new show The Grand Tour in Vicenza’s main square in northern Italy. There was a crowd present for the filming, as they entered the city’s Piazza Dei Signori. Clarkson had invited fans to join them.
Of the crowd of fans rallied together by Clarkson, a crew member said: “Jeremy intentionally created this mob by sending a tweet out. It’s the sort of thing Chris Evans has done in the past.” Thousands of young Italians gathered in the piazza from 3pm, but the former Top Gear presenters did not arrive until more than an hour later.
Program bosses have said the Grand Tour studio will be a big tent which will be taken to a different location each week to record a series of 12 programs with a live audience.
So we all await eagerly as to who will officially be taking over Top Gear for the next season and also the launch of the Grand Tour which will be available on Amazon Prime this autumn. Whatever the outcome we can all be reassured both shows will be entertaining.
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