Chris Evans and Natasha Shishmanian arrives at the Service of Thanksgiving for Sir Terry Wogan. Friends, Family and colleagues gather at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life of much loved broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan who died January 2016 - Tuesday 27th September 2016
The ‘Friends’ star is said to be pocketing £2 million to stay with the show.
Matt LeBlanc has signed a new two-series deal to present ‘Top Gear’, following the departure of co-host Chris Evans. LeBlanc was warmly received by viewers when he debuted earlier this year and BBC bosses are said to have been keen to keep him after the recent ‘Great British Bake Off’ debacle.
Matt LeBlanc will be retuning as the host of 'Top Gear'
News of LeBlanc’s new deal was confirmed by BBC editor Patrick Holland, who said: "I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear. He's a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can't wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year."
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc Signs Two Series Deal With BBC To Host 'Top Gear'
The former Saturday Kitchen presenter is said to be in the running to take over from Chris Evans.
TV presenter James Martin has fuelled rumours that he could be the new host of ‘Top Gear’ following the departure of Chris Evans. Speaking to The Sun, Martin didn't deny he was in the running for the job and even admitted he’s aware that he is now one of the bookies' favourites to replace Evans.
Could James Martin be your new ‘Top Gear’ host?
“Apparently I’m the bookies’ favourite,” he told the newspaper. “I walked past a bookies in Leeds and saw my name on there, and I thought: ‘What the hell’s going on there?’ I was top of the list. But the phone hasn’t rung yet.”
Continue reading: James Martin Fuels Rumours He Could Be Set To Join 'Top Gear'
LeBlanc's co-host Chris Evans resigned from the show the day after it finished airing last month amid poor ratings.
The recent return of ‘Top Gear’ to the BBC might have ended in something of a debacle, but surviving co-presenter Matt LeBlanc has said he’d be keen on a second series of the motoring show.
His co-host Chris Evans quit the programme last month on the day after the series’ sixth and final episode aired to record low ratings, with overall viewing figures tumbling from 4.4 million to 1.9 million over the course of the series.
Speaking at the Summer TCA press tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday (August 10th), LeBlanc fielded questions from the press and admitted that, while he doesn’t know what the future holds for ‘Top Gear’ when it finally does return for its 24th season, he would very much like to be a part of it.
Chris Evans has been cast in the new film 'Jekyll', which will see him play the role of Tom Jackman in the forthcoming production.
Chris Evans has been cast in the new film 'Jekyll'.
The 35-year-old actor is set to play the role of Tom Jackman in the forthcoming production, which is based on the 2007 BBC TV series starring James Nesbitt, according to Deadline.
The upcoming blockbuster will follow the split personality of scientist Dr. Jekyll who transforms into Mr. Hyde, a tale which was created by Louis Stevenson in his 19th century novella 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Is Cast In Jekyll
The presenters were informed of Evans' departure while they were shooting 'The Grand Tour' in Italy this week.
Former ‘Top Gear’ presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May are said to be rather pleased that the beleaguered Chris Evans announced his departure from the re-vamped BBC show earlier this week, with the latter saying he was “very chuffed” at Evans’ failure.
May and Clarkson, along with co-presenter Richard Hammond, have been filming an episode of their upcoming Amazon Prime show ‘The Grand Tour’ in the northern Italian city this week. On Monday, Evans resigned as presenter of the new ‘Top Gear’ after it flopped in the ratings, and the two ex-presenters are reportedly having a laugh about it when told.
James May is apparently "very chuffed" at the disastrous new series of 'Top Gear'
Just days after he quit 'Top Gear', The Sun reported that his Channel 4 chat show 'TFI Friday' has been cancelled after only one series of its comeback run.
Things seem to be going from bad to worse for presenter Chris Evans at the moment – just days after he quit his high-profile co-hosting job on the re-booted ‘Top Gear’, his other TV hosting role on ‘TFI Friday’ has now vanished as the show has been axed by Channel 4.
Evans’ Friday night chat show, revived by Channel 4 in October for a ten-episode series following the well-received one-off comeback special last summer, didn’t perform as well as expected in the ratings last autumn, and the presenter has allegedly been told that it won’t be re-commissioned for another series.
Chris Evans has also reportedly suffered the cancellation of his Channel 4 show 'TFI Friday'
Continue reading: Another Blow For Chris Evans As Channel 4 Reportedly Axe 'TFI Friday'
Evans stepped down as host on Monday (July 4) after just one series.
Chris Evans dedicated his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show on Tuesday morning (July 5) to his former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues, telling them to ‘move on’ without him. Evans stepped down as host yesterday after just one series, which was plagued by bad reviews and low ratings.
Chris Evans has told his ‘Top Gear’ colleagues to ‘move on’.
Evans told listeners: "Today's show is dedicated to all the 'Top Gear' gang. And today's show is entitled Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.” The presenter then went on to look at the day’s newspaper front pages, many of which featured his resignation.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Dedicates Radio Show To Former 'Top Gear' Colleagues
The two presenters are said to have a frosty relationship behind the scenes.
‘Top Gear’ presenter Matt LeBlanc is reportedly ready to leave the show if co-host Chris Evans stays on. LeBlanc is thought to have already signed on for two more series of the BBC motoring show, but now bosses are left having to decide between the two presenters.
Matt LeBlanc is reportedly done with ‘Top Gear’ if Chris Evans stays on.
A show source told The Sun: “The big question now is who goes and who stays. The team does not gel at all, and the atmosphere between the presenters is decidedly frosty. It’s very much a picture of him – Chris – and them.”
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc "Will Leave Top Gear" If Chris Evans Stays
LeBlanc appeared on James Corden's 'The Late, Late Show' this week, and revealed why he really took the 'Top Gear' co-presenting job alongside Chris Evans.
While the newly re-launched ‘Top Gear’ might not be setting the world alight, the show’s co-presenter Matt LeBlanc has, for many, emerged as the main star. However, the American favourite has revealed that he took the job for only one reason – he needed it.
Speaking to chat show host James Corden on ‘The Late, Late Show’ on Wednesday evening (June 15th), LeBlanc admitted that he was in need of a job when he was offered it late last year.
Matt LeBlanc filming 'Top Gear' in London in February 2016
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc Reveals The Real Reason He Took 'Top Gear' Job
Though the significant drop in viewing figures looks demoralising, Evans believes enough people "love" the re-vamped 'Top Gear'.
With ratings sinking like a stone and increasing numbers of viewers sticking the boot in, new ‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has insisted that fans “love” the re-vamped format of the BBC motoring show.
50 year old Evans, who is presenting the new series of ‘Top Gear’ alongside American co-host Matt LeBlanc, has been criticised for being “shouty” in his presenting style and of trying to imitate former host Jeremy Clarkson. However, he has recently hit back at those criticising the new format.
Chris Evans in April 2016
Continue reading: Chris Evans Comes Out Fighting Amid 'Top Gear' Ratings Nosedive
Chris Evans - Stars from Marvel's action movie took to the red carpet at the UK premiere of 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' which was held at the Westfield White City in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st April 2015
Julianne Moore, Chris Evans and Henry Cavill - Various stars of film and television were photographed after the EE British Academy of Film and Television Awards which were held at the Royal Opera House in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th February 2015
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