New Top Gear host Chris Evans today revealed that Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have all got in contact to wish him well with the new 23rd series of Top Gear. Filming is set to begin in the next few weeks after the season 22 finale on the 28th June at 8PM. This will be the final Top Gear featuring the old trio.
News has also emerged that Chris Evans will be joined by a female co-presenter.
Evans said the show would star at least one woman, chosen not “for the sake of it” but because of their passion for cars.
Former model Jodie Kidd, who presents Channel 5’s Classic Car Show, has already been tipped for the role.
Formula One presenter Suzi Perry has also been rumoured for the show.
She appeared prominently in the audience of Evans’ TV show TFI Friday last week, shortly after he agreed to front Top Gear.
Earlier today Chris revealed that he had tweeted Jeremy, James and Richard and had received their blessings for his new role.
Hammond replied that he “didn’t blame him” for taking the job, while Clarkson wished him “the best of luck”.
Clarkson “then gave me a piece of advice which I’m not going to repeat on the radio,” the broadcaster told his listeners.
Richard went on to say in a text to Evans: “You were designed and built for that job and it will be great. It was also always the BBC’s very best option if you take it up, and I certainly don’t blame you for doing so. Good luck. Richard.”
Very strong words of recommendation from Richard!
Chris Evans is arguably the best choice that the BBC had to replace Jeremy Clarkson, but what do you think? Would you watch both Top Gear and the trio’s new show when it comes out?