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A physical altercation in March involving Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of the immensely popular motoring show Top Gear, and producer Oisin Tymon ultimately led to his release. Fellow co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May also parted ways with the show, leading to speculation that the show’s long run had come to an end.
That assumption ultimately proved inaccurate as we later learned that Chris Evans would host the world’s most popular factual television program moving forward.
In a recent interview with the BBC show Saturday Kitchen, Evans said the first episode of the next series would air on May 5. It’s not yet clear who his co-presenters will be (if any) although Evans did say they’d be heading to the US to make their first inter-continental special in January.
Producers have already started working on what will be a 16-episode series for the reincarnated Top Gear.
Fans of the show (or more accurately, its trio of former presenters) have plenty to look forward to as Clarkson, Hammond and May inked a three-season deal this past summer to produce a motoring show for Amazon. Shooting for the as-yet-named show got under way last month and is expected to debut by the middle of next year.
Clarkson tweeted a teaser image of the crew’s first day of filming on October 7 and as you can see, it appears as though fans will finally be treated to the promised hypercar showdown featuring the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder.