Top Gear: Full Lineup of New Presenters Revealed

Top Gear: Full Lineup of New Presenters RevealedEver since the BBC announced it would be continuing with its world favorite show, Top Gear, despite the departure of presenting trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, speculation has been rife over who might take the reins. The first announcement was that Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 DJ, TV presenter and the one who is not Captain America, would take over as the show’s main host. In other words, he is the man filling Clarkson’s shoes.Other names were also discussed as possibilities for joining Evans as co-hosts on the popular motoring show (which has been running since 1977), but few could have guessed the next name announced would be former Friends actor, Matt LeBlanc. While LeBlanc might have appeared to be totally left field, he is in fact a self-confessed petrol-head and car enthusiast, and still holds the Top Gear record for the fastest lap time set by a ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’.Now the BBC have added to the presenting lineup, announcing no less than four new presenters who will be joining Evans and LeBlanc when Top Gear returns this May. Racing driver Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris, F1 pundit Eddie Jordan and motoring journalist Rory Reid have all been added to the roster Reid is a motoring journalist who has been writing about cars for nearly 20 years. He also helped launch CNET UK’s Car Tech channel and has appeared on Sky 1’s Gadget Geeks and the YouTube channel Fast, Furious and Funny. Here’s Reid’s official statement, too:“To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud. I’ve been a Top Gear fan for decades, but more than that, I live and breathe cars in a way that is perfectly compatible with the show.”The new presenting lineup brings about a big change for Top Gear and could possibly see the show taken in a different direction given the strong background these new presenters have in motor racing. In recent years, Clarkson et al have been focused on pushing regular cars to their limits, or modifying them to take on epic challenges. Could we see more high end sports models being tested instead, and a focus on speed over stamina?What do you think of the new lineup? Will you be watching Top Gear when it returns, or will you be waiting for Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch their new car show on Amazon Prime later in the year?The new season of Top Gear will debut on the BBC in May of 2016.Source: Top Gear TV

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