Let's start with the bigger bit of news. After many rumors and rumblings, the Beeb has announced that top-notch car guy, Ferrari aficionado, and BBC Radio 2 host Chris Evans will host the next generation of Top Gear. While Evans' co-presenters haven't been announced, the new host is at least somewhat familiar with show he'll be leading. He's featured once as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, turning in the sixth fastest time at the wheel of the Suzuki Liana. He also featured much later in the series, when James May begged, borrowed, and pleaded to take his gorgeous Ferrari California Spyder for a test drive. In short, he's one of the few people you really, really want at TG's helm.
"I'm thrilled, Top Gear is my favorite program of all time," Evans told TopGear.com. "Created by a host of brilliant minds who love cars and understand how to make the massively complicated come across as fun, devil-may-care and effortless. When in fact, of course, it's anything but and that's the genius of Top Gear's global success," I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward."
As for the show as we know it, it will officially end on June 28 when the final episode airs. Ousted host Jeremy Clarkson returned, albeit briefly, to the BBC to record a voiceover for the finale, which from our understanding will serve as a sort of montage of the missing episodes. According to The Telegraph, Clarkson, Hammond, and May will take part in one last cheap car challenge, where they'll spend 250 pounds (about $391 at today's rates) on used off-roaders. Allegedly, we'll also see the trio buy classic convertibles, although it's unclear if that feature will follow the cheap-car challenge formula.
It's unknown when the final episode of TG will air in the US. This season has seen uncut British episodes air on BBC America the day after they air in the UK, and it seems unlikely that will change for the last episode. Of course, we'll update you should we get any official word about a US showing.
Until then, let us know what you think of Chris Evans taking over. Good call? Or are Clarkson's shoes simply too large to fill? Have your say in Comments.