NO NERVES AS CAR SHOW SHIFTS GEARS
THEY’RE fronting one of the most iconic and adored shows on TV, so are Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, the new hosts of UK motoring show Top Gear, feeling the pressure?
“We are very, very nervous,” Evans says. “No. That was irony. We are not nervous at all. The show’s in the can, so it’s all done. There’s nothing to feel worried about.”
Bravado? Maybe. Last week, it was announced Top Gear’s popular ex-hosts – James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson – would soon start filming a car show, The Grand Tour, for subscription TV service Amazon Prime. And it sounds an awful lot like Top Gear.
The new Top Gear has been plagued by negative publicity. Stories have circulated that Evans and LeBlanc don’t get along, that Evans is an on-set bully and that the show is destined for failure.
In light of all this, do they feel that some are almost willing the show to fail before it has even begun?
LeBlanc says comparing the old show with the new one is like comparing apples to oranges.
“You just really can’t compare the two. I think the old version of the show was great, and I think the new version of the show will be different, but it will be great [as well].”
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