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BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ to return after scandal plagued Clarkson exit

Radio and TV personality Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead a new lineup for the hit car show.


June 17, 2015
by The Associated Press

LONDON — 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.

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

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.

Evans said he was thrilled to be hosting “my favourite program of all time.”

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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