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Britain's 'Top Gear' gives the wheel to a new host

"Top Gear" has a new host behind the wheel.

British radio personality Chris Evans will take over as presenter of the popular British automotive series, BBC Two announced on Tuesday. The show's future was previously thrown into question when long-time host Jeremy Clarkson was fired in March after striking a producer on set.

"I'm thrilled, 'Top Gear' is my favorite program of all time," Evans said in a statement. "I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward."

Radio Host Chris Evans to take over as the wildly popular British automotive series' Top Gear.
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Radio Host Chris Evans to take over as the wildly popular British automotive series' Top Gear.

Evans signed a three-year deal with the network. Production will start "in the next few weeks," BBC Two said.

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"Top Gear"—the most watched factual program in the world—presents car facts with an often quirky flair, incorporating test drives and other stunts. It airs on BBC Two and reaches an estimated 350 million viewers globally.

The last episode featuring Clarkson with co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May will air on June 28, BBC News reported Tuesday. Neither Hammond nor May have signed new contracts.