BBC unveils presenters for revamped “Top Gear”

The UK pubcaster has revealed the final hosting line-up for the latest incarnation of the global automotive entertainment series, Top Gear.
February 11, 2016

UK pubcaster BBC has unveiled the final hosting lineup – consisting of seven presenters – for the latest incarnation of the global automotive entertainment series Top Gear (pictured).

Joining primary host Chris Evans from the motoring world will be Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan and German professional motor racing driver Sabine Schmitz – the program’s first female presenter in 15 years.

Also boarding the new-look program will be Chris Harris, a digital motoring journalist who has amassed more than 335,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel; and Rory Reid, who was recruited via public auditions and is an award-winning journalist and presenter for CNET’s “Car Tech” channel and Sky1′s Gadget Geeks. Series staple and test driver The Stig rounds out the list of presenters.

Matt LeBlanc – the American actor and former Friends star – had previously been confirmed as co-presenter one week ago.

The highly-anticipated series is expected to return to BBC2 with 16 hour-long episodes beginning May 8.

“We really do have a bit of everything for everyone,” said host Chris Evans in a statement. “A fellow lifelong petrolhead from the other side of the pond in Matt; a fearless speed-demon in the irrepressible and effervescent Sabine; the encyclopedic, funny and wonderfully colorful character that is EJ; Chris, one of the world’s top no-nonsense car reviewers; and Rory, who simply blew me away in his audition and fully deserves his place on the team.”

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