Clarkson, May and Hammond might have honed ‘Top Gear’ into its most iconic jeans-wearing, Mexican-baiting, bloke-bantz format, but what about those whose tenure has been less celebrated?Image credits: Rex Features/YouTube/BBC
Yesterday, Chris Evans rather sensationally quit as the host of ‘Top Gear’, following weeks of dwindling ratings for the newly revamped BBC motoring show. A friend of Evans told the Daily Telegraph: “Every single day he has been accused of a different thing, all of which have been completely untrue.
With the audience for the second episode of the newly-revamped ‘Top Gear’ having dropped by a third – that’s a sturdy 1.6 million fewer viewers than the debut show – things haven’t kicked off the way new host Chris Evans might have hoped. Viewers and critics have noted that Evans’ 'shouty’ style of presenting has already started to grate, and even ex-host Jeremy Clarkson seemed to be taking a pop, tweeting about his new show: It was perhaps a return barb after Evans, on the first show, told the studio audience “By the way, we don’t talk about catering on this show any more”, a sly reference to Clarkson being sacked for having a fight with a producer over a steak and consequently being sacked.
On Sunday night Chris Evans might have noticed that his Twitter account was being deluged with abusive messages regarding his performance on ‘Top Gear’. Unfortunately, rather than these messages heading to the 50-year-old television presenter, a number of them were instead sent to the 34-year-old ‘Captain America: Civil War’ actor. While Marvel’s Chris Evans calls @ChrisEvans his home on Twitter, ‘Top Gear’s’ Chris Evans has the handle of @achrisevans.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Chris Evans’ new series of ‘Top Gear’ is set to be the most controversial programme to ever grace your TV, judging by the almost daily stories emerging about its supposedly 'troubled’ route to our living rooms. You either love Chris Evans or you hate him. Feeding into the whole marmite business is the fact that Evans is being accused of bullying – exactly what Jeremy Clarkson was fired for, which makes for a bit of a perfect storm in terms of tabloid column inches.
Eddie Marsan has taken a swipe at Jeremy Clarkson over his snipes at the BBC in his recently-released advert for the Amazon Fire. The Brit star of movies like ‘Vera Drake’ and TV shows like 'Ray Donovan’ and 'Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell’ took to Twitter to vent his anger over the former 'Top Gear’ host’s behaviour. In response, Marsan tweeted: Imagine if your kid or sibling was attacked by Jeremy Clarkson for not providing hot food then he jokes about his sacking on Amazon prime ad— Eddie Marsan (@eddiemarsan) December 20, 2015 Clarkson, who hosted ‘Top Gear’ for almost a decade, has made a handful of ads for Amazon, after signing a lucrative deal to make a new motoring show for its online streaming service Amazon Prime, with another ad introducing Amazon’s plans to launch a drone-based delivery service. His new motoring show, rumoured to be called 'Gear Knobs’, will launch on Amazon Prime in the New Year.