NO NERVES AS CAR SHOW SHIFTS GEARS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By Clare Rigden

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].”

TOP GEAR MON­DAY, 8.30PM, BBC KNOWL­EDGE

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