This year Top Gear Fans will be without their ‘Three Amigos’ – Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have headed off on a new adventure down the Amazon.
But when the show returns to BBC2 in May it could well be a case of welcome to… the one amigo.
A senior BBC source has told RadioTimes.com that when Chris Evans begins presenting the new-look Top Gear it will be just him as the main anchor on the show with guest stars appearing on an ad hoc basis.
Currently no co-presenters have been contracted to the new show, with the production focused on Evans as the main anchor.
“It is all a bit up in the air but this assumption that there will be a trio of presenters isn’t necessarily the correct one,” said the source.
So it looks to be the case that all the speculation about who will be Evans’ co-presenters – and whether one of them with be a woman – may be wide of the mark.
“It’s going to be very surprising,” added the source.
In December it was reported that German racing driver Sabine Schmitz and onetime F1 driver David Coulthard were to form the new-look trio of presenters on the show.
However while RadioTimes.com understands that they will be involved in the new series, it may not be in the role of regular presenters.
The claims also chime with what Evans has said about his hopes for the show.
In October he intimated that he was planning on dispensing of the three presenters format. Speaking of Clarkson, May and Hammond to an audience at TV trade fair Mipcom in Cannes he said: “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?”
A BBC spokeswoman told RadioTimes.com: “We are not commenting on speculation.”