Top Gear seeks to bring back Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid and “the other Chris”
BBC Studios boss Mark Linsey has opened up to The Guardian about all things Top Gear, including confirmation that the studio is not currently looking for a Chris Evans replacement.
Addressing the latest season of the motoring show and how it failed to rev up long-time fans, Linsey defended: “Top Gear was a phenomenon, but it certainly didn’t start as a phenomenon. It grew over time. When you are trying something new, albeit with a well-known format, but certainly with a new cast, it is going to take time.
“If you look at the first series of the Clarkson era it didn’t even have James May in it”, he continued. “It took 10 years to grow and the new Top Gear needs time to grow. It certainly didn’t surprise me it didn’t do the audience figures of the previous series”.
So, is the Beeb looking to replace Chris Evans ahead of Top Gear‘s next instalment?
“No we are not at the moment”, Linsey said.
“[The new Top Gear] was built around an ensemble”, he continued. “Matt LeBlanc was an important part of that ensemble. Clearly the viewers enjoyed Matt LeBlanc, and we want him to come back. Clearly they enjoyed the other Chris [Harris], and Rory [Reid] – they have told us that.
“All the elements were there of an ensemble rather than just focusing it on Chris [Evans], and I think that is evident in the way that we produced it. There will be change, but we will be building on the characters that worked, ie Rory, Chris and Matt LeBlanc”.
Luckily the broadcaster still has some time on its hands until Top Gear season 24, so let’s hope there’s some improvement when the show returns.