Has Chris Evans Let Slip The New Top Gear Premiere Date?
Uh-oh, has Radio Two DJ Chris Evans let slip the new Top Gear premiere date?
During an appearance at the Radio Festival in London on Tuesday (September 29), the broadcaster told delegates that “Top Gear is not on until May, that’s seven months, three days and 18 hours [from now]”.
When the BBC ended its relationship with Evans’s predecessor – and controversy causer – Jeremy Clarkson, the corporation immediately confirmed plans to bring Top Gear back to screens in 2016, leaving 2015 as a gap year for the show.
However, the BBC has since told Digital Spy that it won’t be confirming exact transmission dates for the show at the moment, despite Evans’ slip.
In other Top Gear related news, rumour has it the former TFI Friday host’s Big Breakfast producer Lisa Clark is set to join the all-new Top Gear crew, though Evans has gone on recently to deny reports claiming Zoe Ball had a screen test for the show.
Meanwhile, Clarkson and his former Top Gear co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May are gearing up to launch a new, big-budget motoring show on Amazon Prime, that is due to start filming in a matter of weeks. Their show is also due to premiere in 2016, with rumours currently pointing at an autumn launch. This means that if Evan’s tip is on point, the two shows could avoid an immediate clash – though the gamble is on to see if the former Top Gear trio can maintain their audience on a VOD platform.
And in a seemingly endless bout of controversy, Evans has further confirmed today that he’s stepping down as presenter of TFI Friday after the reboot 8-part series concludes, stating that he’s “not allowed” to host any more episodes of the Channel 4 entertainment programme.
Ooh-er Evans – is it all going Pete Tong already?