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Chris Evans admits Top Gear rumours have taken their toll

Chris Evans has "nothing left to be nervous about" when it comes to hosting the revamped version of motoring show Top Gear.

Chris Evans has "aged a thousand years in the past ten months".

The 50-year-old hosts the revamped Top Gear, after Jeremy Clarkson unceremoniously exited the BBC show and his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May followed suit.

Since taking on the mantle from the trio, Chris, who presents the new show alongside former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc, has been hitting headlines due to allegations of his "volatile behaviour" on set.

Writing in the June issue of Top Gear magazine, Chris said the reports have certainly taken their toll on him, but when it comes to the show's premiere on 29 May (16), he isn't feeling nervous.

"There's nothing left for us to be nervous about - we've each aged a thousand years in the past ten months," he wrote. "We're done. There's nothing we can do now except sit back and enjoy our favourite show."

The motoring programme was famous for its elaborate treks across the world and high octane stunts. And the new version will have the same combination of elements, Chris promised, although he added that filming such a show was an entirely new experience for him.

"I have never experienced anything in my career that comes close to what it's like to make a single film for Top Gear, let alone a whole hour show, let alone a whole series," he explained.

"There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world of TV. Every scene could be from a movie, every moment teetering on the brink somewhere between disaster and triumph."

When it comes to the finished, edited version of the programme, Chris added that it reminds him of a James Bond film.

"The vast majority of television I have been involved with in the past has been much more 'of the moment', more disposable if you like, as well as being usually live or 'as live'," he continued. "All of which is so NOT Top Gear. TG is more akin to a Bond movie.

"By the time each episode is broadcast, 95 per cent of its content will have been edited to within an inch of its life to be tighter, brighter and jump off the screen and down your throat."

Top Gear launches on BBC Two on Sunday 29 May (16).

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