But the deal with the former Top Gear presenters represents a substantial increase on these previous commitments; Top Gear under Clarkson was, according to Guinness World Records, the most watched factual programme in the world, with an estimated global audience of 350 million.
Launching in 2016, the new show is set to air in the same year as Evans’ rebooted Top Gear returns to the BBC. The Radio 2 presenter said being the new host of Top Gear was “like Doctor Who”, pointing out that there have been a total of 34 presenters in the show’s history.
“People kept saying I had ‘big shoes to fill’, and they’re saying it again now,” he told Top Gear magazine. “I don’t mean they’re wrong or they’re right, it’s just such a predictable thing to say – and, by the way, Jeremy is very tall, so they’re even bigger shoes.”
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