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Featured Top Gear Hosts Announced

Discussion in 'Car Talk' started by Chris Stacey, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Rory Reid

    1 vote(s)
  2. Sabine Schmitz

    57 vote(s)
  3. Matt LeBlanc

    32 vote(s)
  4. Chris Evans

    7 vote(s)
  5. Chris Harris

    105 vote(s)
  6. Eddie Jordan

    61 vote(s)
  1. Chris Stacey

    Chris Stacey
    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium Member

    _88212359_topgear.jpg The new lineup for BBC's record breaking motoring program has been announced.

    When the future of Top Gear was in strife after the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson and the resignations of Richard Hammond and James 'Cpt. Slow' May, much of the show's fan base were left wondering how they were going to fill the void of the three larger-than-life characters. Well, the answer to that is by doubling the number of presenters on the show.

    In the image above from left to right we have, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and of course trusty ol' Stig. All of them are very well known in the public eye with the exception of Rory Reid, who by comparison is a relative nobody having previously presented the Car Tech channel for CNET, however his status is sure to change after this.

    Further details of the show's format, presentation styles etc. etc. are still completely unknown, and probably still in the very early stages of planning, but be sure to stick and stay with RaceDepartment.com for future developments on the new Top Gear!

    Over to you!
    Who is your favourite of the new hosts?
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  2. xnorb

    Premium Member

    Voted on Eddie, i mean, come on, it's Eddie Jordan :)

    But Top Gear is dead without the insane trio.
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  3. Chris Stacey

    Chris Stacey
    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium Member

    Chris Harris for me.

    I love me some EJ, but Harris is the logical choice for the BBC. he's made some truly epic car films and is great at talking and driving. He's also quite a good mastery of the English language.
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  4. Wake me up when the new Hammond, May & Clarkson show is aired.
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  5. this is BS!

    PS: with all due respect to those great drivers in the picture
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  6. Terra21

    Premium Member

    Quantity is no substitute for quality
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  7. Torcano

    #21 MPB Clan Premium Member

    Meh, too many cooks... anyone else feel that way? I mean I got nothing but mad respect for Mr.Harris and EJ but I'm really struggling to get hyped for this. :unsure:
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  8. Exactly, that sums it up well.

    I loved Le Blanc as Joey in Friends - but that was as a comedy actor, don't think he'll be the same as a presenter.

    The rest is just meh in my personal opinion.
  9. Ramon van Rijn

    Ramon van Rijn
    Premium Member

    Most important question is of course, who is the new stig?
    I give the new show a chance. Why not, in my country the rest on TV is more b***s*** :)
    The Amazon show will not be available in NL, so that is for the download section. So a new Top Gear v2 is good enough for me.
  10. They couldn't match the level of humor so that's why they went from 3 to 6..

    I mean Sabina Smitz? Come on
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  11. fortyfivekev

    Premium Member

    Love Chris Harris and his YT videos, he can drive and is great about getting over the excitment of driving the latest hypercar. But the others, meh. What's Eddie Jordan going to do, ask his chauffeur what a car is like :(
  12. Qazdar Karim

    Qazdar Karim
    Premium Member

    They should have renamed the show ...
    For me Top Gear is Hammond, May and Clarkson and that's it, but i have a huge respect for Mr Harris and Eddie Jordan :D
  13. SK

    Prince with a thousand enemies. Premium Member

    It's a hodge-podge and theres too many of them. It's going to turn out like one of those many many shows that tried to copy Top Gear but nowhere near as good.

    WTF is the Friends guy doing there? Its like they just picked some semi-famous people who know about about cars. Out of the people there I think Sabine and the Chris's are the only interesting ones. Never heard of Rory Reid. EJ is fine as an F1 pundit, but would be cringeworthy on a show like this I think.
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  14. Jake Fangio

    Jake Fangio
    Please don't rain pleeaassee don't rain

    It could be too many cooks,but the old gang had gone stale for me.It became too contrived and Hammond was always sniffing around Clarkson's backside and trying to impress him.I will miss captain slow though.
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  15. Hmm maybe less xenophobic, maybe less mysogynistic.

    Will it lose audience numbers? Maybe.

    Will the BBC be all that bothered about losing that kind of audience to a subscription channel? Maybe not.

    After all, it's about quality, not quantity.
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  16. I wouldn't underestimate him. In everything I've seen him in as just Matt Le Blanc I've been surprised at how much I liked the guy. He seems to be a lot more interesting as a person, and to carry plenty of personality, compared to his famous role.

    Well considering how its pretty much the BBC's most recognized brand and the only way such a show type is ever going to get on anyone's schedule with this new format and since the show was around long before it was the Clarkson insensitivity and supercars hour it kinda makes sense.
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  17. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Call me an idiot but personally I can't really be arsed who presents it. I watch(ed) Top Gear for the cars and the segment with The Stig (who is the real hero of the show for me :D).

    Looking forward to a new series and the occasional "How you doin?!" from Matt.
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  18. Ramon van Rijn

    Ramon van Rijn
    Premium Member

    Even if it is DG?
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  19. Geez talk about overkill. I must be the only one here who doesn't know this Chris Harris is. Was thinking about giving it a try after they announced LeBlanc but may change my mind with EJ being involved. He had some decent stuff to say on the F1 coverage but was irritating more often than not imo. I guess he'll be there for the comedy factor.
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  20. MoerasGrizzly

    Premium Member

    I kinda get this too: Although I did love Clarkson (and loved to hate him on occasion too!) and I absolutely adored May, Hammond is a bit... Well, Stewart Lee did a really good piece on him.

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