Whether Top Gear will ever return to its former glory when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May fronted the show is another story. The show struggled to rake in two million viewers after Jez and his crew left but Harris insisted it is more focused on the cars than its stars now and ratings are going up because without Chris Evans, the cars come first.
According to Jeremy Clarkson, it’s because it made all those balding, middle-aged blokes watching at home feel better about their bad teeth expanding waistlines. “What worries me most is that everyone is expecting Avengers Assemble, that people think we’ve made something between the new Star Wars movie and Iron Man. “It is just three middle-aged men doing what they’ve always done – drive cars around corners, shout, fall over, belittle each other, bicker.
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.
You’d think that Matt LeBlanc would be the first person to find out he’s got to shoulder the responsibility for the ailing Top Gear brand on his own, wouldn’t you? Since Evans’ departure, LeBlanc has been brought back to present the next series of the show – after many fans decided he was one of the few good things about the show’s post-Clarkson reboot.
Much-loved ‘Friends’ star turned ‘Top Gear’ host, Matt Le Blanc, has found his character called into question after he made an “inappropriate” comment about Game Of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke at last night’s Emmys. The 49 year old was chatting to Jason Kennedy on the Emmys’ red carpet last night when he was asked if he was Game Of Thrones fans, with Emilia playing feisty Daenarys Targaryen in the hit HBO show. Matt replied: “Yeah, I saw the first season, and I kind of fell out of touch with it.
Okay, so all I’m hearing about Top Gear is that it’s getting bad ratings, Chris Evans is an awful presenter and Joey from ‘Friends’ doesn’t get on with him etc. etc. But if I’m honest this is starting to get on my nerves a little bit. I’ve seen a couple of episodes of the new Top Gear and to be honest it really doesn’t deserve the criticism and negativity that it is getting, it’s simply not that bad. Matt LeBlanc is excellent, Chris Harris is also very good and as always it has excellent cars, excellent driving and fantastic competitions/sketches. Yes, Chris Evans isn’t the show’s strongest link, him throwing up after driving a bit fast was comical and yes, all he seems to do is shout and awkwardly interact with the rest of his co-hosts and guest celebrities but again, he’s nowhere near as bad and as show-ruining as people are making him out to be.
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.
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”.
The producer at the centre of the Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear dismissal is planning to sue the presenter ‘for racial discrimination’ according to new reports. Copyright: [Wenn] The TV host’s lawyers today attended hearing with Oisin Tymon’s legal team at a London employment tribunal. Jeremy is believed to have called Oisin Tymon a ‘lazy Irish c***’ before he launched the unproved attack. I’m going to make sure you will not have a job.” Copyright: [Wenn] Paul Daniels, an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon admitted recently: “We are assisting Oisin Tymon in relation to incidents occurring during his employment with the BBC.