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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

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