Star leaves motoring show saying his ‘best shot’ wasn’t enough but BBC thought to be in talks with Matt LeBlanc for second series.Chris Evans has quit Top Gear after just one series in charge of the BBC2 motoring show amid falling ratings – unrelenting newspaper criticism and a breakdown of his relationship with co-host Matt le Blanc.
The BBC is understood to be negotiating with former Friends star LeBlanc – thought to be keen to remain on the show – for a second series. The details and success of those negotiations are not yet known. Last month, it was reported LeBlanc threatened to quit if Evans did not go.
(ed: evans had all the appeal of foot-fungus – albeit a cheerful/cheery-chappy one..)
Top Gear tearaways Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May finally have a name for their new car show:
The Grand Tour.
I am about as likely to watch Top Gear as I am to weave my bikini line into an ornamental dreamcatcher.
So while I normally greet the news that another woman has been allowed to crawl into television’s mainstream schedule with cheer – yesterday’s announcement that Top Gear has finally added Sabine Schmitz to its presenting line-up left me colder than a vanadium crankshaft on a frozen February morning.
Not because I think diversity on television isn’t a good idea – it’s the absolute minimum we should expect from any institution – but because I think Top Gear is fetid slurry.
I am not as is probably fairly clear by now a huge fan of cars.
Mainly because as we read last week cars are literally killing us.
Their fumes are one of the most significant contributors to air pollution – which causes people to die of heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer.
Air pollution is a factor in at least 30,000 deaths each year in the UK as well as soaring rates of asthma and other lung diseases.
Two-thirds of petrol cars break the carbon monoxide limit – 10% break the nitrogen oxide limit – while 95% of diesel cars emit more nitrogen oxides than is legally allowed.
Which is before we even get into the number of people who die in road accidents.
Road-building to make room for the hundreds of thousands of people who lock themselves up in a heated petrol box in order to grunt their way to work every day is destroying the British countryside – as Karl Jilg’s famous illustration commissioned by the Swedish Road Administration shows – cars eat up public space like Jabba the Hutt – leaving the rest of us clinging to our thin strips of tarmac like flies on a wire – and the need for oil from which our petrol and diesel is sourced is fuelling some of the world’s most bitter conflicts – dangerous regimes and corrupt industries.
But back to the faded bootcut denim midlife moment that is modern Top Gear.
(ed:..heh..!..a well-written/funny demolition-job on that ultimate lads’-show..clarkson et.al. haters will luv it…as will fans of good writing..and well-turned/pithy-phrasing..)