Chris Evans replaces Jeremy Clarkson as new Top Gear host, signs three year contract

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The mystery over “Who will replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear?” has finally come to a close. The BBC announced that Chris Evans – a television and radio personality, has been appointed as the new host/presenter of the show and has signed a three year contract. In retrospect, Evans had clearly denied any participation in the show, saying that Clarkson can “never” be replaced. Top Gear is arguably the world’s leading car show and attracts over 350 million viewers globally. Thanks to its wide reach and appeal, it ropes in over £50 million worth of overseas sales for the BBC each year.

Chris Evans new top gear host

Jeremy Clarkson, often known to his fans as ‘Jezza’, was suspended in March 2015 following a fracas with a producer of the revered show. Post his dismissal, the BBC was actively looking for a new presenter who could take Clarkson’s throne and looks like they found one. Chris Evans is known for his passion and enthusiasm for cars. In fact, the TV and radio personality owns some spectacular examples of four-wheeled wonders in his modest garage. These include a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider that’s worth a cool £2.27 million, a rare Daimler SP250 ‘Dart’ police car worth approximately £50,000, a 1974 Works Hesketh 308 F1 car worth £230,000 and a LaFerrari that’s at least worth £1 million. Evans also owns one of the rarest Ferraris ever built – a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. In 2010, the radio host paid an eye-watering £12 million (!) for his red beauty. He also has the keys to a 1961 California Spyder, for which he splurged £5.6 million in 2008. His car collection is so vast, that we will have to do a separate article on that.

Jeremy Clarkson and Chris Evans

Jeremy Clarkson (the ex-host of TG) and Chris Evans.

So we have understood that Chris Evans is a huge car fanatic and is garage vouches for him. However, the 49-year-old is fully aware of his undertaking and stated, “I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward.” Evans also possesses some of the same behavioural attributes that Clarkson did. He’s known to be egoistic, unruly and very cheeky – so another great host coming up? Only time can answer that one. That said, we are thrilled to see what the BBC will come up with, as the organisation has promised an all-new Top Gear which will commence production in a few weeks’ time.

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via the BBC