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madmusician835 posts since 2 Jun 2006
Central (West) Midlands Today
Let’s be honest, this isn’t a massive surprise: Matt LB will have done four series by the time he goes and the BBC have done quite well to keep him for that long, I’d say.

I see Chris Harris as the glue that holds new Top Gear together and he should really be the ‘lead’ in future IMHO. Obviously, the problem with that is that he’s not a well-known face beyond the petrol head audience, so there won’t be the press interest that Clarkson, Evans and LeBlanc drew.

I think we can safely say that Evans will not return. It’ll be interesting to see who the Beeb decide to slot into the ‘trio’ to join Harris and Reid. It’s quite possibly their intention to have somebody who will generate the column inches again.
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Markymark6,039 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Let’s be honest, this isn’t a massive surprise: Matt LB will have done four series by the time he goes and the BBC have done quite well to keep him for that long, I’d say.

I see Chris Harris as the glue that holds new Top Gear together and he should really be the ‘lead’ in future IMHO. Obviously, the problem with that is that he’s not a well-known face beyond the petrol head audience, so there won’t be the press interest that Clarkson, Evans and LeBlanc drew.

I think we can safely say that Evans will not return. It’ll be interesting to see who the Beeb decide to slot into the ‘trio’ to join Harris and Reid. It’s quite possibly their intention to have somebody who will generate the column inches again.


It'll have to be, or else the programme (for the reasons you mention) will end up with a slashed budget, and demoted to 'geek' status, so teatime weekday BBC 2, or BBC 4
Hatton Cross3,019 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
It’ll be interesting to see who the Beeb decide to slot into the ‘trio’ to join Harris and Reid. It’s quite possibly their intention to have somebody who will generate the column inches again.

Someone used to being in front of the camera, fast and controlled driving, and already a name, has been on Top Gear before, not afraid to muck around, and with a moveable regular schedule to accommodate filming..
Looking at you Jenson Button or David Coulthard (particularly the latter if Channel 4 don't make a bid to FOM for the F1 race highlights package.)
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Charlie Wells3,736 posts since 26 Nov 2003 Moderator
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I hope whoever replaces Matt is chosen purely on merit, and not just to tick a diversity box at the BBC (e.g. a female presenter chosen purely to avoid an all male lineup). The BBC News article did seem to hint that the replacement would need to be someone who could appeal to international viewers.
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Andrew13,216 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I hope whoever replaces Matt is chosen purely on merit, and not just to tick a diversity box at the BBC (e.g. a female presenter chosen purely to avoid an all male lineup). The BBC News article did seem to hint that the replacement would need to be someone who could appeal to international viewers.

I bet they will replace Matt with two people, a man and a women, and most of the press release will go on about how they are being paid the same.
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Inspector Sands12,869 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The problem with Button or Coultard or any motor racing driver is it needs to be someone with a personality. Coultard does presenting but Mr Charisma he is not. Evans and Leblanc are/were the lead presenters, they need to be replaced by someone who can hold the show together