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Top Gear most challenging role ever, says Chris Evans

By Neil Lancefield

New Top Gear host Chris Evans has described the role as "the most challenging thing I have ever done".

The broadcaster took the driving seat on the flagship BBC motoring show after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked for punching a producer.

Evans (49) said the move was even more significant than taking over from Sir Terry Wogan as the Radio 2 breakfast show DJ.

He told Top Gear Magazine: "This is, without doubt, the most challenging thing I have ever done in my career.

"When I took over Terry's show, people kept saying I had big shoes to fill, and they're saying it again now."

He added: "By the way, Jeremy is very tall so they're even bigger shoes."

Evans said hosting Top Gear was similar to becoming the new Time Lord on Doctor Who.

He explained: "There have been 34 presenters before me, so it's a bit like Doctor Who - that's one way of looking at it."

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