Filming for the new series of Top Gear is underway, and it sounds like Chris Evans isn’t off to a good start, according to reports. The Radio 2 Breakfast Show host’s ego is ‘out of control’, according to staff working on the revamped motoring show, months before it hits our screens next May.
An insider told The Sun: “They got rid of Clarkson because of his behaviour off screen but they’ve created another monster in Chris. He is falling out with a lot of people and even his close friends are concerned. People at Radio 2 have noticed a real difference in him. it has become obvious he is overworked and overstretched.”
Months after Chris was announced as Jeremy Clarkson’s replacement, there has still not been any official announcement of who will co-present the BBC Two show. There are reportedly concerns that the presenter is determined to make ‘Top Gear’ a ‘star vehicle’ for himself, and just last month he suggested that the traditional three-way hosting line-up could be dropped.
“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? They were brilliant at it… but I’m not going to do that,” he told the Press Association. “They’re the Three Stooges, they are the Bee Gees, they are that and I’m not, I’m me. I’m a solo artist at the moment, I’m on my own, so do I form a band or not?”
But a source told The Sun: “As the process has gone on, lots of top people have expressed a real interest in co-presenting – including some of his good mates like Suzi and Natalie – but he has found reasons to make it impossible for any of them to get the job.”
Chris’s 10 episode deal with Channel 4 to present the reboot of ‘TFI Friday’ has also caused problems, with BBC TV boss Danny Cohen admitting he was shocked he had signed up for both shows. “I was a little bit surprised,” he said. “He had a commitment, he’s finishing it, but after that he will be solely focused on Top Gear.”
But the insider added: “The reality is that he should be focusing on Top Gear but his mind is on TFI. It is adding to the frenzy and stress.”