Fear not Top Gear fans, your show is in good hands.
Last night's announcement that Chris Evans will replace Jeremy Clarkson as the lead presenter of Top Gear has, predictably, sent the internet up in arms. After categorically denying he would never join the show back in March, the U-turn is not that surprising for those familiar with the radio DJ and TV presenter. When the BBC fired Clarkson, Evans was the most obvious man to take over. And after signing a rumored £3 million contract, he will start filming the new series in the next few weeks. Is he the right man for the job? We think so. And here's why.
Evans is a knowledgeable and passionate gearhead with a penchant for Ferraris and a phenomenal collection of cars that includes a $20 million Ferrari 250 GTO. He also writes a motoring column for a national newspaper, so he knows his stuff.
Evans is one of the greatest broadcasters of his generation. Hosting some of the best-loved British shows of the 1990s, including Big Breakfast, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, he has also been the voice of BBC Radio 1 and is a current DJ on Radio 2.
When he was 35, Evans married Billie Piper, who was just 19 at the time, in Las Vegas. His proposal was awesome: He turned up with a silver Ferrari covered in roses and popped the question. That's how you do it, boys.
He has Clarkson's full backing. The video yesterday of Evans learning how to deliver the iconic words: "…in the world" from the master is evidence enough the former front man was well aware who his replacement was going to be. James May also voiced his approval on Twitter: "Well: best of luck to Chris Evans and the future of Top Gear (b. 1977). That's a ballsy call, frankly, and to be admired." We couldn't agree more with Captain Slow.
Top Gear will continue to be packed with wacky segments and top-notch celebrities. Evans is renowned for his creativity and is a natural-born joker. While nobody can replace Clarkson, the show must go on. And Evans is undoubtedly the man for the job. Fear not Top Gear fans, your show is in good hands.