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.
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.”
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