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Filming The New Top Gear's First Episode Was A Borderline Disaster

"F***, f***, f***, f***, f***." - Chris Evans

It’s rare for TV show production to start off without a hitch, and the revamped Top Gear is no exception. With Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc now in charge of the world’s most popular car show (that is, until The Grand Tour premieres), there’s been a lot of interest regarding the production process itself. According to The Sun, taping of the first episode was nearly a disaster. For starters, Brad Pitt dropped out as the first guest and producers had to scramble to find a replacement which became replacements Jesse Eisenberg and Gordon Ramsey.

Next, it took Evans 10 attempts to perform his monologue without messing it up. "Don’t fold your arms, don’t wear black. Take off – take everything off. Don’t fold your arms, don’t have your hands in your pockets. F***, f***, f***, f***, f***." For his part, LeBlanc also reportedly didn’t get his lines right at first. Worst yet, the audience apparently didn’t laugh at any of Evans’ jokes. "Don’t be quiet. Talk among yourselves. Jesus Christ! Can you all hear me," Evans supposedly lashed out to the studio audience. The original plan was to film the first episode studio material in only one hour, but it ended up taking four. Evans previously mocked Jeremy Clarkson for taking up to three hours for studio filming. We’ll see the final product a week from today, on Sunday, May 29th.

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