New host Chris Evans opens the show shouting greetings – very loudly – to the “all-new” audience, which is clearly there to show some love for the “all-new show”.
There’s a protracted standing ovation as the first non-British Top Gear host, Matt LeBlanc, best known as Joey from Friends, runs on to more rapturous applause.
A quick inside joke neatly puts the Jeremy Clarkson scandal out there, alluding to when he was fired last year for punching a producer for delivering cold food. Evans promises the audience they have changed their catering company. It leaves a sourish aftertaste.
Top Gear producers know they have one of the most lucrative shows on BBC (overseas annual sales exceed R1.1 billion), but despite promising an “all-new show”, they have kept the format pretty