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Is Chris Evans a suitable replacement presenter for Top Gear?

It has been confirmed that Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked as Top Gear presenter after a BBC investigation found he did assault a producer in a row over steak and chips.

Clarkson may be popular with the audience, and the BBC really did not want to lose him, but this was a star who admitted he was on his final warning and a corporation that was under intense scrutiny over what its top talent can and cannot get away with.

According to well-placed sources, senior executives at the Corporation have been wooing Radio 2 Breakfast Show host and self- confessed ‘petrol-head’, Chris Evans in the hope he will agree to take over.

Evans, 48, has one of the most prestigious car collections in Britain, including a £12 million 1963 Ferrari 250GTO. Apparently bosses are keen to persuade him to sign up.

It is not clear whether Clarkson’s co presenters James May and Richard Hammond will remain with the programme or will join Clarkson on any new ventures.

What are your views? Is Chris Evans a suitable Top Gear presenter and replacement for Jeremy Clarkson? Or is there someone else you would prefer to see?  

Is Chris Evans a suitable replacement presenter for Top Gear?

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leodis
17th Aug 2015
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Grumpyoldman
20th Jul 2015
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never been able to stand the man. On radio he sounds like a demented teenager
mountainman
16th Jul 2015
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Lets face it he's just another yes man for the hierarchy at the top ,he hasn't got the charisma for such a program plus the whole point of Top Gear was the team they had on , they jelled as a whole and the banter was part of that , Chris Evans has neither the charm or pizzazz to complement the show , they would be better off loosing the title and making an inferior show or drop it altogether, it don't matter who they put on without Clarkson. May and Hammond they will never replicate the show again and will never be successful as it was,
Grumpyoldman
20th Jul 2015
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Barbara58
28th Jun 2015
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@ Bilbo - you 'bagged' it, made me laugh out loud. Fabulous! Thanks.
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fhsgb
27th Jun 2015
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Clarkson acted his age and funny with it,Evans wants to grow up,act is age,be a team player
zalzado
21st Jun 2015
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I don't think that we can judge Chris Evans until we see what he can do, I think he has made a very good morning show, which I listen to every morning while getting ready for work. Lets see what he can do with Top Gear. though I doubt my brother would agree.
abbypad
20th Jun 2015
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Chris Evans has been writing about cars for years in the mail magazine , has extensive car collection and he clearly is a knowledgeable petrol head and in my eyes has always been a fantastic DJ so he gets my vote .
halfinch
20th Jun 2015
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Chris Evans is much livlier thatn Clarkson ever was.. i used to like him in hte earlier programmes but recently he has got so obnoxious, acts like he is royalty thinkin ghe can do no wrong... Chris will bring a new perspective to the show as well as being extremly entertaining.
Bilbo
20th Jun 2015
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I never watch 'Top Gear', so Chris Evans is a good choice as far as I am concerned.

If the presenter had an exclusive contract which meant they were unable to appear on other TV programmes, or comment about other topics outside of motoring issues, I would have hoped they would have chosen Katie Hopkins.
nagonthenet
19th Jun 2015
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Haven't Hammond and May also gone? Chris Evans totally irritating but hopefully not as obnoxious as Clarkson
theroadie
19th Jun 2015
10
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I loved this program but it will never be as good without Clarkson and team.
mariangrove
19th Jun 2015
2
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I don't think he is. Clarkson is unreplaceable in my opinion.
Mikruiser
19th Jun 2015
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I love Top Gear, but can't abide Chris Evans as a presenter. I'm torn! :/
signals252
19th Jun 2015
2
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this type of programme bores me to tears
Barbara58
19th Jun 2015
3
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The huge ego has gone. Why not continue with just 2 presenters who will no doubt shine now bossy boots has left. Give them a chance!
Chock Nog
19th Jun 2015
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Unless the new presenters have as good a chemistry as Clarkson, May and Hammond did then the show will bomb just as it did in the American and Australian versions of TG.
Beach Boy
17th Jun 2015
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Chris would be great alongside Brendan Coogan (Steve's smarter brother).
This partnership would suit the petrolheads and at the same tme be funnier and wittier than the previous team that were beginning to look a little dated.
Wilf
17th Jun 2015
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Chris would be good as he has so much energy. Be interesting to see if the other 2 stay with it as well...I think they will
Munsterlander
17th Jun 2015
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I think Chris Evans was probably the only person who could have taken over from Jeremy Clarkson. he is a petrol head as well and loves all his cars. he is also a good mate of Clarksons so probably has his blessing. Clarkson has said it was his own fault he got sacked. I think Chris Evans will get some new fresh energy into the show...should be interesting!
BrendaG1
28th May 2015
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Whilst everyone is focussing on Clarkson, spare a thought for the young producer who was involved, and reportedly off work with stress. Clarkson has the wealth and influence to get whatever work he wants, the young producer doesn't have that. I see Guy Martin is being proposed as one of the possible new presenters. I think he would be a great choice, as he has bags of personality, enthusiasm and has a passion for all kinds of engines, and is also very knowledgeable. Plus it's good to keep the biker element in the show as well.
HJR58
16th May 2015
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I love Chris Evans - really enjoy his breakfast show when I'm driving to work and like him on the "One Show" I know he likes cars too. Why not?
Wilf
17th Jun 2015
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Yes think he is the best bet to take it over
Notdeadyet
10th May 2015
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I don't like 'Top Gear' and I don't like Chris Evans either. I like the comment from 'daydreams' below about Philip Glenister as a suitable candidate. The show's producers could then take the opportunity to give the show a complete re-think too - fresh start and all that.
daydreams
21st Apr 2015
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I hear that Philip Glenister is now 2/1 favourite as Top Gear presenter following his successful C4 series 'For the love of cars'. Let's hope this doesn't result in his receiving hate mail as has happened to the lovely Sue Perkins,
nagonthenet
17th Apr 2015
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Clare Balding - she's presenting just about everything else anyway!
nagonthenet
17th Apr 2015
2
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OMG! thought Jez was irritating enough!
seaview
17th Apr 2015
3
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No I do not think Chris Evans is a suitable replacement. I would like to see a woman as a replacement presenter.
rhydbernard
17th Apr 2015
1
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He is very suitable for the job and thankfully is devoid of the arrogance that Clarkson portrayed
terry484100
14th Apr 2015
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No what ever Evans gets on like Radio 2 in mornings and one show he was sacked once by BBC ,and he takes over and ruins everything he does, we hate him such a gobsworth only thing if he does get it he will head straight into a brick wall and be the air for good, and we can have our radio back in the mornings like Richard Marley and also Topgear good luck .
janetann
10th Apr 2015
5
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Can we not have a program about cars which includes women presenters and is not pandering to middleage followers of "men behaving badly" and "the young ones". Top Gear is so last century - there are female racing drivers and also girls competing in top motorbike racing. What percentage of fast cars are own by petrol head females, I wonder.
celtwitch
10th Apr 2015
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Absolutely not, he is too wimpy- Clarkson is a near impossible act to follow - it would take someone like Oliver Reed, but he is sadly no longer with us.
lizfid3
9th Apr 2015
2
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If the programme is to continue at all why not with Chris Evans at the helm? As James May and Richard Hammond have already said they won't continue maybe a new format with 3 new presentrs will give this programme the breath of fresh air it so desperately needs.
Wilf
17th Jun 2015
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Looks like we have our wish as Chris is taking over!
daydreams
8th Apr 2015
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I did read somewhere that Stephen Fry was being considered, as he is something of a 'petrolhead'... who thinks up these ridiculous new words?
tynes1der
5th Apr 2015
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We need another buffoon to present Top Gear. Chris Evans is just an irritating idiot, so not suitable.
Try guest presenters like they have on HIGNFY until the public finds one they enjoy.
SovereignInventory
2nd Apr 2015
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I've just watched Brian Johnson (from AC/DC) and believe he is a good presenter, is interesting and knows his motors. He would be very watchable in a new updated Top Gear.
lindz64
31st Mar 2015
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I think it should be Rowan Atkinson! He's got zillions of mini's and obviously loves his cars. He'd also make us laugh, unlike the arrogant brat that has just got the sack... now he might realize that life's not all 'my way or no way"!!!
stokie18
30th Mar 2015
3
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it would be good to get rid of evans from the morning breakfast as he is rude and talks over the music so top gear are welcome to him however please please do not replace him on the radio with sahra cox
isuzieq
30th Mar 2015
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Glad he's gone, thought he was obnoxious most of the time. Chris Evans is ok on radio but I'd rather not watch him on TV
Peter
30th Mar 2015
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I'm glad that Clarkson has gone as it will mean that the show will get a much needed freshen up. I like Chris Evans and he'd fit the bill but he's on record saying that he's not interested. Maybe its time for a female lead - how about Suzy Perry - she'd be great!
Kae
31st Mar 2015
2
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johng121
30th Mar 2015
4
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im glad clarkson got the sack cant stand him or the BBC however I dont mind
Chris Evans but surely there must be new fresher presenters looming somewhere
Polly-Rae
29th Mar 2015
3
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Why does it need a new figure-head? Carry on with Hammond and May who are more than capable and have a guest presenter when three people are required for a particular episode.
Lennoxton
29th Mar 2015
2
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I totally agree with your comments.
broadsmike
29th Mar 2015
4
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Absolutely not, as soon as I hear his voice I switch channels.
andbrown01
29th Mar 2015
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Sandy Worth
29th Mar 2015
3
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One out all out, the old team worked so well together, it's never going to be the same again. Should BBC scrap it ?
I can see another station picking them all up.
Millo
29th Mar 2015
3
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If it gets him off the radio 2 breakfast slot, then Yes..Yes...Yes
lindajohnson
28th Mar 2015
7
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Top Gear, IS Clarkson, May and Hammond, no-one else.
marty24
28th Mar 2015
3
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He's better off somewhere a long long way away don't listen to or watch him.can't stand the man.give it to someone that will give us views on cars and not people on a jolly at our expense.
Fionafew
28th Mar 2015
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What about Vicky Butler-Henderson? Or Quentin Wilson? Chris Evans has already said he's not interested in taking it on. James Martin might be a suitable alternative...

Or, why not someone completely unknown? If you're starting from scratch again, it's a chance to redo things. It was funny, but it was getting a bit repetitive anyway... imho
rusty13
30th Mar 2015
2
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Yes, I thought about V B H too. She's more than capable and been around a while too. Not Willson though,Have you seen his TV show, with Jodie Kidd. It's dreadful!!
Would be sad to loose the other two, though?
leo-lady30
28th Mar 2015
2
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Chris is a first class DJ TV host, but no Clarkson and I feel that the who show will need a complete rethink, and not a replacement for Clarkson and co.
hartland
28th Mar 2015
5
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The only job Chris Evans is suited to is in A Monastery
to shout to his hearts content
Robert2706
28th Mar 2015
4
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The sooner he gets off the radio and the One Show the better. I cannot stand his voice or his overbearing attitude to Alex Jones on the One Show. I have no real interest in Top Gear so it would be good to get him out of my hearing
roym
28th Mar 2015
4
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He shouts too much
Val1984
27th Mar 2015
3
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I feel all this hype is academic. I hear that James May and Richard Hammond have only a month left on their contracts so all three of them will probably be snapped up by someone like Sky and produce a rebranded show on another channel.
Life is too short to keep this thread going!
KazM
27th Mar 2015
4
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Chris organises 2 huge car-fests a year in aid of charity and gets celebrities to donate huge amounts, he also writes a very good motoring column in the Mail on Sunday and has become a well liked radio presenter again. He has said though that he would not take on Top Gear which I think is the right choice. But who knows they might just decide to make a totally new motoring show which he would be ideal for.
Fruitcake13
27th Mar 2015
1
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Yes, he'd be perfect. He knows about cars and talks about them in a fun but informative way. It would take some of the 'laddishness' out of TG. I'd love to see TG get rid of Hammond, he's just totally irritating, but I love Captain Slow!
petegeoff
27th Mar 2015
2
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A bigger talentless idiot would be hard to find. No doubt the BBC would give him some an obscene
amount of our money
Susiqu
27th Mar 2015
3
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NO NO NO, Chris Evans is definitely not the person to front Top Gear even with a new team. he hasn't the personality or the go to take on such a show and the way he shouts all the time is the biggest turn off there is.
jeanniearl
27th Mar 2015
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Not grown up enough yet!
Millo
29th Mar 2015
2
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Will never be grown up, will always be a big soft kid who acts like he is on drugs all the time
cynthiafisher
27th Mar 2015
3
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Sorry, I forgot to add Chris Evans shouts and I don't know why.
cynthiafisher
27th Mar 2015
4
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Find a replacement programme
DJSwaithe
27th Mar 2015
2
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When Chris Evans took over from Terry Wogan I was not sure that it would work but I must confess he has made a good job of the Breakfast Show. As others have said, with a new team he would make a great Host for Top Gear but the team would need to very carefully selected.
Evelyn Horrell
27th Mar 2015
2
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Chris Evans with a new team will be a breath of fresh air,the other lo were old hat the same thing all the time.
6521254
26th Mar 2015
2
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Yes but with a new team completely.
marylily
26th Mar 2015
1
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Yes Chris Evans is ideal to do top gear...I was only saying to my husband when Jeremy Clarkson was sacked that Chris Evans would be the ideal person...I should have put money on it. Yes yes yes.
Rayofsunshine
26th Mar 2015
2
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I am glad to see Jeremy go because he is so rude and arrogant. Chris is a great choice.
SovereignInventory
26th Mar 2015
3
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It will all depend what the BBC decide the 'new' Top Gear will be as there is obviously an audience for a motoring programme of sorts. Will it be a re-hash of the current format, I.e. 3 middle-aged men acting like schoolboys driving very expensive cars badly round a track, or something totally new? I personally believe that the show has had its day and if the BBC want to carry on with it, it needs updating and a change of direction anyway. It's been a great money spinner for the BBC and they need to produce a programme that will earn the same amount if not more if the licence fee is to be eventually scrapped.
hrjb576
29th Mar 2015
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I agree with your comment 100%.
I cannot understand how anyone in the last ? Years found it entertaining or informative. Three middle aged men acting like school boys.
Give us a programme about cars old and new but with real and unbiased information please..
If Chris can manage it then let it be so!!
HJR58
25th Mar 2015
2
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As long as they don't take him off the breakfast show!
Woodie
25th Mar 2015
2
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I think that Clarkson, Hammond and May should be replaced by a team who can get the best out of the cars they demonstrate. While I enjoy watching Guy Martin I feel that he is more into bikes. I think Jason Plato along with Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler – Henderson and of course the Stig would be an ideal line up, they are real nutters when behind the wheel, not afraid to speak the truth about any cars they drive and all have a great sense of humor (except the Stig of course). A dream team all round.
JaneyW
25th Mar 2015
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Although Chris Evans may have the passion and knowledge of cars, he has too dominant a presenting style to work alongside anyone else, you only have to watch the Friday edition of The One Show to see that. Any way he has said no
Other suggestions have been Damon Hill and David Coultard but they don't appear to be able to really enthuse people. Eddie Jordan would be good as would Guy Martin if he knows as much about cars as he does about bikes.
Munsterlander
25th Mar 2015
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You have to change all three.Its the old thing -The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

I would put in Ed Miliband, Alex Salmond and Ed Ballsup, there all be looking for a job soon.
ragnar18
25th Mar 2015
3
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Get some young blood on there like Guy Martin he's a brilliant engineer TT racer dare devil and all round nice guy I'd definitely watch it if he was on it
astrus
25th Mar 2015
3
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I nominated Guy Martin but Since the other two have resigned? A team having Chris Evans as front man and including Guy Martin would work for me.
Cat Wonder
25th Mar 2015
2
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Why don't they employ a retired racing driver?
Damon Hill, David Coulthard or similar?
Robertf
25th Mar 2015
2
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The show will not be the same at all, but, if the powers to be in high BBC places are going to ignore the licence payers and sack a person for airing his grievances even though he was not actually at work. If we MUST have a replacement then I think Guy Martin would be just the person.
HJR58
25th Mar 2015
1
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Airing your grievances does or should not include hitting people!
Ravenchild
25th Mar 2015
4
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He is perfect..he genuinely loves cars, he is witty funny and knows where to draw the line without being boring.
GeorgieT
25th Mar 2015
2
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It doesn't matter who takes over. Clarkson, like him or not, is the show. I really don't think that even an engaging petrolhead such as Chris Evans will manage to save it and as for the suggestion of Carol Vorderman...give me strength!
Soosi
25th Mar 2015
2
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Chris used to be the naughty boy covered by the media on every occasion that he stepped out of line or was outrageous BUT now he has transformed himself far more politically correct but STILL with a wicked sense of humour and a very strong understanding and love of cars he is spontaneous in his responses, he is fun without being over controversial. He would be excellent
Big Tom
25th Mar 2015
2
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Yes, Chris Evans would be a great replacement, he is a bit younger has boundless energy and enthusiasm and is a great character in his own right.
dsr25
25th Mar 2015
2
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Suzie Perry, James Martin and Chris Evans for me, my dream team!
midwife72
25th Mar 2015
2
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Chris Evans would be great I love his breakfast show on Radio2.
tonyeeee54
25th Mar 2015
2
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I would rather have the other suggested presenter Steve Coogan in his alter ego!
maximusrant
25th Mar 2015
1
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Get rid of the "hamster" but keep James May. Then bring in Chris and Steve. That would make a terrific mix.
whiskyagt
25th Mar 2015
2
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To be honest I am glad that arrogant man has gone he thought he was bigger than the BBC, wrong. To replace him would be easy but, scrap the show and make a completely new version of it using stars who can drive such as Rowan Atkinson ( Mr Bean ), James Martin etc. It would be easier
Baxi
25th Mar 2015
2
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I think he'd be great. He'll be different, but in the same naughty spirit.
against CE
25th Mar 2015
1
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Why a males presenter radically change the show Loads of goodfemale presenters to choose from Make it a New Top Gear get a new audience But not C E
patrington
25th Mar 2015
2
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It never worked when sheen left "two and a half men".. they brought kutcher in but it was never the same....
MrFred
25th Mar 2015
2
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I've never been a fan of Chris Evans, but I don't think he'd be awful at the job. As Jo Kingham mentions, he's certainly a petrol head.

I'd choose Steve Coogan for the job, if we are to lose Jeremy Clarkson.
Wilf
25th Mar 2015
3
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Think Chris Evans is a great choice...very clever Auntie Beeb!. He is getting more sensible as he gets older (aren't we all?) and has a very engaging personality....what will Jeremy do though????
les.wallis
25th Mar 2015
1
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I would like to see a woman in to change the dynamic. My vote is for Carol Vorderman.
Jo Kingham
25th Mar 2015
3
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Well he is a real car enthusiast, so that works.
He can be a tad controversial though but then that seems to work on Top Gear, so yes - let's give him a go!
Archiebald
25th Mar 2015
4
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Think he is a great presenter and will do well

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