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Top Gear fans have had a wild ride over the past few years. The departure of longtime host Jeremy Clarkson meant that the show went through some big changes, and it returned with a pair of new hosts in Season 23. Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc shared primary hosting duties, and rumors abounded for months that the two were feuding behind the scenes. Evans' contract was not renewed after Season 23, and we have our first glimpse of what Top Gear will look like without him in Season 24. Check it out!
For its first Top Gear Season 24 trailer, BBC America went for a hilarious sketch that introduced clips of what's to come. Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid sat down in front of the BBC Insurance Department to weigh in on how much coverage they'll need in Season 24. Naturally, the guys assured the insurance assessor that they had no prior convictions, problems with obeying the speed limit, or issues with avoiding competitive driving, but footage indicates that they'll spend a lot of time breaking those promises when the show returns from hiatus.
For any fans who were worried that Top Gear would lose its sense of fun after such a big change as Chris Evans' departure, the new trailer should be a sign that the show will still be worth the watch. Of course, Evans was only a Top Gear host for a single season, so he may not have been on long enough for any of us to get too attached to him. Matt LeBlanc has already signed on for another two seasons as host, so he'll likely have much more of an impact on the show.
There was buzz around the possibility of Matt LeBlanc choosing to leave Top Gear due to conflicts with his co-host, so it came as a surprise to some of us when news broke that Chris Evans would be the one to leave. It wasn't necessarily a huge shock that changes were going to happen; the ratings for the season weren't nearly as high as they needed to be to guarantee a future for everyone on the show. We have no way of knowing for sure, but there's a chance that some of the negative chatter around Evans' off-camera exploits meant that he had to be the one to go.
I'm not sure what aspect of the trailer is my favorite. The three guys were definitely funny, and I appreciated the sight gag of the flaming driver walking casually in at the end. Still, I think I have to go with the insurance assessor. The deadpan delivery of his lines was just about as funny as anything Matt LeBlanc or the others had to say, and I had to rewatch a second time just to really appreciate him.