So last night the news emerged that Chris Evans will replace Jeremy Clarkson as the lead presenter of Top Gear in a new three year deal. It’s reported that Chris is thrilled at the new role and that Top Gear is his favourite show of all time. However, even though the self titled ‘human alarm clock for the UK’ is over the moon with the news, the Twittersphere had mixed reactions…
Some thought it was the best thing since sliced bread:
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 16, 2015
Others weren’t that pleased with the news:
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) June 16, 2015
Thank goodness I don't have to hate Chris Evans and Top Gear separately anymore. That's quite a bit of time saved.
— Michael Legge (@michaellegge) June 16, 2015
And others just got confused:
— Watcanz (@watcanz) June 16, 2015
— Matt Somerfield (@SomersF1) June 16, 2015
But what if Evans is the best man for the job? We’ve had to wave goodbye to Clarkson, Hammond and May and now maybe it’s time to usher in a new golden strawberry blonde era of Top Gear. Here’s our top reasons why Chris is the RIGHT man for the job:
1. Chris absolutely adores cars.
It’s no secret that Chris loves cars. Fast cars in particular. We’ve covered Chris’ fleet of Ferraris on the blog before, but let’s have a look at some of the highlights. Back in 2009 Chris spent a whopping £5.5 million on Ferrari 250 California SWB once owned by Hollywood’s James Coburn. James May even took it for a spin back in series 18 of Top Gear. We wonder if Chris will be taking James’ Ferrari 458 Italia for a spin in the new series…
2. Evans knows he has big boots to fill.
The general public are still in mourning over the loss of Clarkson, Hammond and May and Chris knows this. Accepting a job role where there are so many die hard fans is a brave choice and could be seen as somewhat of a death wish. One Twitter user actually exclaimed ‘DIE’ to Chris after the news broke – some people eh? Even the old presenters of Top Gear have acknowledged that Chris taking over the Top Gear reigns is pretty much like walking into the lion’s den. So we tip our hat to Chris for stepping into Clarkson’s shoes – definitely shows guts.
Well: best of luck to @achrisevans and the future of Top Gear (b. 1977). That's a ballsy call, frankly, and to be admired.
— James May (@MrJamesMay) June 16, 2015
3. Chris has a cracking sense of humour
The early 90s was the pinnacle of Chris’ TV presenting career (until now) with the likes of The Big Breakfast, Don’t Forget your Toothbrush and TFI Friday brightening up TVs everywhere. Chris is always quick to come back with a witty line and isn’t afraid to make a fool out of himself for the greater good of entertainment. Following on from the hilarious antics of the Top Gear trio – crossing the channel in the car boat challenge will always be a favourite of ours – Evans will need to bring a stonking dose of his Northern humour to the show to ensure the show still pulls in the viewers.
The new series is set to start filming later this year and we know we’ll be waiting with baited breath to see how Chris does. Chris’ co-hosts on the show are still yet to be announced and a lot of the show’s success will depend on who these other presenters are and how they all work together as a team.
So there’s our thoughts – but we want to know what YOU think. Do you think Chris Evans is the right man for the job or do you think he should stick to his breakfast show? Leave us a comment below.