As if the pressure on new Top Gear host Chris Evans wasn’t enough, news is circulating today that the next series of the show will be broadcast live. This is obviously a huge change for a show which previously had studio segments filmed at least a few days in advance, with many shots going through numerous re-takes. Evans believes broadcasting live will make everything “more exciting”.
“Chris thinks his speciality is as a live broadcaster,” Top Gear sources reportedly said. “He always loved the buzz of TFI Friday going out live and likes the idea of bringing that to Top Gear.”
According to a report, whilst Suzi Perry has been long rumoured to co-host the show, she is no longer in the running as the live broadcast would clash with her F1 presenting. However, it is believed Evans may want Perry badly enough to allow her to present Top Gear from wherever she is in the world.
Recently, Evan had to deny friend Zoe Ball was going to co-host the show with him, calling reports “hilariously inaccurate.”
He tweeted: “Re my good friend Zoe Ball excelling in Top Gear screen test. She hasn’t even been for one.”
Motorbike racer Guy Martin, actor Philip Glenister and presenter Dermot O’Leary have also been tipped to join Top Gear as a presenter.