BBC Signs Chris Evans to Replace Clarkson as "Top Gear" Host

TV, radio personality signs three-year contract.

The wait is over for "Top Gear" fans: British TV and radio personality Chris Evans has signed a three-year contract to host the BBC series. The show's previous host, Jeremy Clarkson, was fired in March after he allegedly assaulted one of the show's producers.

"Top Gear is my favorite program of all time," Evans said in a statement. "I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward."

Evans is a noted car enthusiast with a large collection of Ferraris, including a LaFerrari, and has appeared in the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment on "Top Gear." It's unknown who else will host the show with Evans; earlier reports indicated the BBC was also talking to Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister, and Guy Martin. Nor has the BBC confirmed whether or not Clarkson's longtime co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, will return to "Top Gear."

The BBC says that production of the next series of "Top Gear" will start in the next few weeks, with Evans at the helm. But this summer, the BBC also plans to air the remaining episodes of the show's current season, which was suspended midway through its planned airing after Clarkson was suspended and then fired.

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