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Chris Evans to be new Top Gear presenter

Chris Evans will be the new Top Gear presenter, the BBC has announced.

Car enthusiast Evans has signed a three-year deal to replace Jeremy Clarkson who was sacked earlier this year.

The radio and television presenter will lead an all-new line-up of presenters for the popular BBC Two show.

He said: "I'm thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time. I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward."

Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four Kim Shillinglaw said: "I am so delighted that Chris will be presenting the next series of Top Gear.

"His knowledge of and passion for cars are well-known and combined with his sheer inventiveness and cheeky unpredictability, he is the perfect choice to take our much-loved show into the future.

"Chris is a huge fan of Top Gear and has great respect for the craft and work ethic of one of the best production teams in the world.

"He knows the phenomenal attention to detail it takes to make a single sequence of Top Gear, let alone a whole series. He is already full of brilliant ideas and I can't wait for him to get started."

Jeremy Clarkson will drive off into the sunset later this month when his final appearance on Top Gear is screened on BBC2.

The previously unseen footage, which was put on hold after he hit the headlines for "a fracas" with producer Oisin Tymon, will feature in a one-off 75 minute show on Sunday June 28.

Viewers will see Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May behind the wheel of classic cars and beaten-up 4x4s in their final challenges as a trio.

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