BBC's 'Top Gear' Unveils Full Lineup of Hosts

Four new faces are added to the motoring show's presenting team alongside Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

A week after Matt LeBlanc became the second name to join the BBC's revamped Top Gear team, the full lineup of presenters has been unveiled.

Joining LeBlanc, The Stig and main host Chris Evans are ex-Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan, motoring journalist Chris Harris, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz and Rory Reid, a car reviewer who was hired after open auditions.

"A magnificent seven sent from motoring heaven," said Evans about the co-stars. "Well, six plus one. Six plus me."

Top Gear is set to play a prominent part in BBC Worldwide's annual showcase for international buyers taking place in Liverpool later this month.

When it launches in May, the show is likely go head-to-head with its former host Jeremy Clarkson, whose contract wasn't renewed last year after he punched a producer, one in a string of headline-generating controversies. Amazon eventually swooped in for Clarkson and his former co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond in a deal that even Amazon boss Jeff Bezos admitted was "very, very, very expensive."

The as-yet-untitled Amazon Prime show — reported to have cost some $250 million — is also set to air later this year.

 

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