It means that Ball will be the first ever female host, after Evans announced his departure from the show after 13 years.
Chris Evans and his wife Natasha Shishmanian are celebrating the birth of their twins, but have caused a bit of confusion over what the babies will be called. Last week, Evans said Ping and Pong were a “working title” for his babies, and that he was considering using them as middle names.
Nick Grimshaw has recorded the worst-ever Radio 1 Breakfast Show figures – but his rival and predecessor Chris Moyles Chris Moyles‘s show is on the up. The 33-year-old radio DJ – affectionately known as Grimmy on the programme – has seen his figures drop to 4.93 million weekly listeners between July and September, down from 5.5 million last quarter. The stat makes for grim reading for Grimmy as they are the lowest Radio 1 Breakfast Show figures since RAJAR records began in 1992.
The BBC has obviously been brainstorming ideas for how to follow Chris Evans’ departure from Top Gear – and may just have hit on a winning formula. Well, if a photo shared on the Top Gear Twitter account is anything to go by, the BBC may well be attempting to cast Matt Le Blanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris as the new Clarkson, Hammond and May. The photo of LeBlanc and co having a chuckle on set confirms that work on the next series has now officially started. “I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear,” BBC Two boss Patrick Holland said at the time of his appointment. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year.” Former presenter Chris Evans sensationally quit the show in July after just one series at the helm.
All we’ve been hearing about for the past year is that Chris Evans is going to save Top Gear from being written off completely after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked for punching a producer in a row about a steak.
The Top Gear reboot has come under almost as much public criticism as the EU referendum and the latest rumour is that former Friends star, Matt Le Blanc, is not a happy bunny. Rex/Shutterstock Amidst all the poor reviews and plummeting ratings, it seemed that fans of the car show actually quite liked the partnership of Matt and co-host Chris Evans.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Chris Evans’ new series of ‘Top Gear’ is set to be the most controversial programme to ever grace your TV, judging by the almost daily stories emerging about its supposedly 'troubled’ route to our living rooms. You either love Chris Evans or you hate him. Feeding into the whole marmite business is the fact that Evans is being accused of bullying – exactly what Jeremy Clarkson was fired for, which makes for a bit of a perfect storm in terms of tabloid column inches.
Evans, 49, branded predecessors Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond as comparable to ‘Zippy, Bungle and George’ – characters from kids’ series Rainbow – in a rant defending his version of the programme. The DJ, above filming the new series, added in his Mail On Sunday column he planned to rename Top Gear That Car Show if Clarkson and Co had kept the old title. It’s been reported Evans has been so dictatorial in the lead up to the launch of the new Top Gear his behavior was the reason for the early exits of producer Lisa Clark and script editor Tom Ford.
Thousands of social media users utilized their 140 characters to congratulate Matt LeBlanc as news broke yesterday that he was joining BBC’s Top Gear – but former presenter Jeremy Clarkson ignored the trend. In fact, while Matt LeBlanc and the Top Gear team celebrated with a round of drinks, Jeremy Clarkson was rubbing shoulders with… the police. The 55-year old shared a photo on Twitter of a car pulled over, while officers appeared to take the drivers details.
There’s no denying that Top Gear bosses had quite a difficult 2015 when their hit BBC Two programme was thrown into chaos after host Jeremy Clarkson reportedly punched a producer in the face following a “fracas” over a cold meat platter. With the Beeb left with no choice but to sack the star, co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May also left and producers had to find themselves a brand new host to carry the show. 49-year-old Chris Evans was the lucky one to nab the prestigious role, and now he admits that when he first joined Top Gear the atmosphere in the office “felt like Armageddon”.