BBC Top Gear has a New Lead; Chris Evans Replaces Jeremy Clarkson

Chris Evans (TV personality, not the Avengers actor) will be Jeremy Clarkson’s replacement for Top Gear.

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Chris Evans poses for photographers, in London. (Photo: AP)  

The BBC says its hit automotive TV show “Top Gear” will return to the airwaves with a new host replacing scandal-tainted Jeremy Clarkson.

The broadcaster says radio and TV personality Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead a new lineup for the show, which has won a huge following with its mix of car tips, driving stunts and jokey banter.

(Courtesy: <a href="http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/Chris-Evans-to-lead-new-Top-Gear-line-up-2016-06-16">BBC</a>)
(Courtesy: BBC)

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, of course, 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.
-Chris Evans to BBC.

Clarkson was fired in March after he punched a producer during an off-set altercation. The show’s two other hosts also left.

Jeremy Clarkson returning to his home in west London March 26, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
Jeremy Clarkson returning to his home in west London March 26, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

The incident threatened the future of one of BBC’s most popular shows — and biggest international earners. Clarkson’s brash, blokey persona was a large part of “Top Gear’s” appeal to fans.

(With AP inputs)

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