Yep, it’s pretty much the same as the old Top Gear. There will be lots of super car, lots of sliding about, clouds moving backwards, metaphors getting tortured, and some celebrities too. What it will lack is Clarkson’s wit and humor, Hammond’s hilarious facial expressions, and May’s gentlemanly manners.
Top Gear may have canned Clarkson, but they are keeping his best invention, the Stig. And he is apparently playing a bigger role in the new Top Gear, helping with car reviews by testing doors, wipers, and boots:
It was a very ballsy move for Chris Evans to replace Jeremy Clarkson as the head presenter. He is an accomplished radio and TV personality, sure, but he looks too… well, normal for this job. Jezza was – is, he ain’t dead yet! – properly insane, a self-proclaimed idiot, and that was the main reason why he was so damn entertaining to watch. Things are going to be hard for Evans at Top Gear, especially as Clarkson, Hammond and May are only steps away from landing their own car show, most likely on ITV. Still, we commend Mr. Evans for accepting this enormous challenge.
“I honestly didn’t think I would get the phone call. I was amazed that I did. I ruled myself out, because I didn’t want to be part of all the nonsense that was going on,” said Evans in an interview with the August issue of Top Gear Magazine. “But then the situation changed, and I wasn’t stepping on anybody’s graves or toes.
“[But] if I make television programmes for a living, and love motor cars, and love the biggest challenge in the world, why wouldn’t I do it?”