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Chris Evans: Top Gear is challenging

Chris Evans has compared Top Gear to Doctor Who.

The radio DJ has been lined up to present the hit motoring TV show following the departure of fan favourite Jeremy Clarkson, who was sacked after he attacked a producer during an argument.

Chris has been on TV and radio for decades and has had his fair share of criticism and difficulties, but insists it's this project which has been the most daunting.

"There have been 34 presenters before me, so it's a bit like Doctor Who," he told Top Gear magazine. "When I took over Terry Wogan's Radio 2 show, people kept saying I had 'big shoes to fill' and they're saying it again now. By the way, Jeremy is very tall, so they're even bigger shoes.

"This is, without doubt, the most challenging thing I have ever done in my career."

After it was confirmed that Jeremy had been let go his co-stars Richard Hammond and James May announced they wouldn't be back either. What followed were stories upon stories about who would be taking over, and initially Chris didn't think the role was for him.

"I honestly didn't think I'd get the phone call – I was amazed that I did, to be honest," he said. "I ruled myself out because I didn't want to be part of all the nonsense that was going on. But then the situation changed, and I wasn't stepping on anybody's graves or toes."

Chris had publicly said he didn't want the job, but since revealed that was because he didn't want to interfere if Richard and James wanted to continue.

At the moment it's not known who will co-host with him, with model Jodie Kidd rumoured to be among the frontrunners. There's also been no confirmation of a release date, with Chris keeping quiet on what's in store.

"Nothing has to stay in the show but some things will," he said.

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