Chris Evans has revealed that while the new series of Top Gear has six presenters, only former Friends star Matt LeBlanc and himself will appear on the show every week.
“We’re the two co-hosts,” he said in an interview with the BBC. “We’re on it every week, and then other people come and go as and when required.”
The revelation came as a new picture was released showing five members of the team (Rory Reid, Evans, LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz andChris Harris) in the hangar where the studio segments of Top Gearhave long been filmed, with The Stig standing behind them. Only Eddie Jordan is missing.
Previously, Evans and LeBlanc have been seen driving three-wheeled Reliants, so the new show will clearly retain the mix of supercar tests and oddball challenges Top Gear fans have become used to.
With one car painted in Union Flag colours and the other in the Stars and Stripes, it’s thought the segment will pit Evans against LeBlanc in a Britain vs America battle in which they’ll have to drive the cars approximately 240 miles to Blackpool.
In the same BBC interview, Evans insisted that he wasn’t nervous about taking over from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, but respectful and mindful of the need to retain the show’s credibility among car fans.
LeBlanc added: “I think it’s the same as it always was. The car’s the star of the show. Presenters come and go.”
However, both LeBlanc and Evans agreed that it would be a mistake to try and mimic the style of the old presenters. “It would be like trying to be Paul McCartney,” Evans said. “There’s no point. There’s only one Paul McCartney.”
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