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The fate of Top Gear UK has been in a bit of lull after its entire establishment was uprooted with the departing of the three hosts that made the show, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.
Following Jeremy Clarkson’s “fracas” with a producer, and his termination as the host, it was later announced that BBC Radio 3 host Chris Evans was going to take up the position as one of Top Gear UK’s hosts.
Now, TheMirror reports Chris Evans will be joined by British television and radio personality, Zoe Ball, to become Top Gear UK’s first ever female host. It was only a matter of time until the BBC was going to make an attempt to remain politically correct by having a diverse cast, instead of fulfilling Top Gear’s original premise of being a male-centric car show.
However, skepticism should be put aside since Fifth Gear’s Vicki Henderson has proved that the womanly type can fit well with the presentation of a car show. (We’re not sexist here, we promise…)
TheMirror highlights Ball’s chemistry with Evans during some preliminary test filming and after the tests, a source within the BBC said: “The chemistry between Zoe and Chris is perfect.”
“She was brilliant down on the race track and she’s enthusiastic about cars,” the source went on. “She’s a complete professional and of course has a long history of working with the BBC on radio and television so she has known Chris a long time. Things immediately clicked into place and there was a lightbulb moment among producers.
Zoe Ball and Chris Evans were colleagues and have known each other since the 1990s, when they both appeared on the BBC Channel 4’s Big Breakfast program, though on separate occasions. They also both presented BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 in the past.
In the meantime however, the three former hosts of Top Gear UK, Clarkson, Hammond, and May, are currently filming for their debut show following the latest arrangement with Amazon Prime.
– By: Chris Chin