Top Gear’s new-look Series 23 won’t follow the show’s traditional ’three Stooges’ format, according to new host Chris Evans.
“We are going to do things differently, because we have to, we want to,” said Evans at the MIPCOM convention in Cannes. “The second you wander off into the ‘Well I’m the main host, and this is my mate over here and my mate over here’… if there’s three of you, and you go and make a film together, suddenly you’re doing what they did. Why would you do that? Because they were brilliant at it, I’m not going to do that. One thing is for sure, there’s not going to be me and one guy there, and one guy there. That’s not going to happen.”
Evans considers idea of mimicking Jeremy, James and Richard’s approach to be far too risky. “They’re the Three Stooges, they are the Bee Gees, they are that and I’m not, I’m me,” he told reporters. “I’m a solo artist at the moment, I’m on my own, so do I form a band or not?”
The Stig also made an appearance in Cannes, with Evans stating: “I don’t want to say anything specific, but The Stig is here today – that might be a clue as to whether he’s here tomorrow.”
One thing’s for sure though, Evans has confirmed that he and his team wish to shake up the shows tried-and-tested studio format. “We’re going to change that,” he said. “I can’t tell you into what. I know, by the way, but I can’t say at the moment. We are going to keep some things that I like, and my kids like, and my friends like, and that I liked anyway. But we are not going to throw the baby out with the bath water.”
Evans has described the challenge of taking over the reigns of Top Gear TV as “formidable”, calling it “the biggest job I’ve ever had in my life.”
“I still am terrified,” he admitted. “You have to be, and if you’re not then you’re not the right person for the job…”