It’s fair to say that Top Gear has struggled to distance itself from controversy since ‘that punch’ and Chris Evans’ decision to take up the mantle has done little to dispel any worries of another blow-up, instead it has lingered like a not so discrete office fart.
Keen not to let its prized show flat line, the BBC has recruited a total of six hosts, possibly in the hope that they will have enough cover should another middle aged man’s ego erupt.
Today The BBC revealed that Formula One guru Eddie Jordan would be among a team of four other personalities joining Chris Evans and co-host Mat LeBlanc for the show’s return.
There other three presenters announced in the team are world record-breaking German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, renowned motoring journalist and YouTube petrolhead Chris Harris, and car reviewer and TV presenter Rory Reid.
With six presenters lining up alongside the returning stig, Twitter came alive with parody’s of the broad cast of characters. Here are some of the best tweets which have emerged this morning following the announcement.
New Top Gear lineup announced pic.twitter.com/k6ZncTwBjG
— Will (@will_innit) February 11, 2016
so excited about new top gear pic.twitter.com/ay61mnZN1A — Dan Attfield (@danattfield) February 11, 2016
The new Top Gear line-up might take a bit of getting used to, but they've definitely got something. pic.twitter.com/Nxw0CUzSQs — Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) February 11, 2016
We are all new Top Gear presenters. pic.twitter.com/Oysqt9HEYt
— LairdBrian McSpanner (@BrianSpanner1) February 11, 2016
Great to see all the presenters of the new Top Gear including Eddie Jordan getting along at the launch party..... pic.twitter.com/BOtIrKD4s8 — Virgin Trains (@VirginTrains) February 11, 2016
Love the new Top Gear presenters pic.twitter.com/J4J9xO5US1 — James Birchall (@jamesbirchall97) February 11, 2016
New Top Gear line up. pic.twitter.com/oqPq5UZZqF
— Cliff Bonanza. (@Smithy_the_Boob) February 11, 2016