BBC names Clarkson’s replacement on 350m viewer Top Gear

By Danielle Muoio

Chri Evans(Bloomberg) — British TV and radio host Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to head a new “Top Gear” lineup, the BBC said Tuesday.

Evans, best known as the host of Britain’s “The Big Breakfast” talk show, replaces Jeremy Clarkson, who was dropped from the program in March following a physical altercation with a senior producer.

“Top Gear” has a worldwide audience of 350 million viewers. The show’s hosts travel to locations across the globe to see what kind of stunts cars can handle. New episodes of “Top Gear” will begin production within the next few weeks, the BBC said.

Evans began his broadcasting career working for Piccadilly Radio and later became the host of BBC’s Greater London Radio and Channel 4 TV.

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