Chris Evans Addresses ‘Mad’ Speculation Surrounding Top Gear Relaunch

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Chris Evans has finally spoken out and addressed the speculation surrounding the Top Gear relaunch.

Over the past few weeks, reports have claimed that the 50-year-old has fallen out with his co-presenters, upset production crew, sworn at a live studio audience and stumbled over his lines.

However, during a recent chat on BBC Breakfast, the star dismissed these rumours and claimed that some had seized in on the supposed controversy.

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The all-new Top Gear kicks off this Sunday (May 29) with a squad of seven new presenters taking over from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

In an attempt to set the record straight, Evans explained: “The things they started with were so mad and made-up that I though; “Where is this going to go?”

Meanwhile, Clarkson – who rose to public prominence as a Top Gear presenter of the original format in 1988 – has recently denied allegations that he was trying to sabotage Chris’ attempt to revive the popular motoring show.

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He said in his defence: “What’s very entertaining is that Chris is having a very hard time at the moment as he attempts to put Top Gear back together again.

"It’s been suggested that I am behind it, that I am trying to scupper him. But I discovered the other day that every time it gets recommissioned I get paid, so that’s a curious bit of BBC contract but I wish them all the very best.”

Around the same time, Evans’ co-presenter Matt LeBlanc warned fans to be prepared for an entirely new show with a different line-up and fresh format.

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“Is it the same Top Gear? No. Those guys are gone. We’re here now, and we’re going to do the best job we can.

“It’ll be different, but it’ll still have that same feel, it’ll still have elements of the old show present. But if you only want to watch “Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson”, then it’s probably not for you,” the former Friends star explained to Vulture.

The all-new Top Gear launches on BBC Two this Sunday at 8pm.

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