Why The New Top Gear Won't Work, According To A Former Top Gear Presenter

The new iteration of Top Gear hasn’t even premiered yet, but people are already willing to throw out major opinions about the new show. Recently, former Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell explained why he does not think the new BBC show is going to work for him, or for the rest of the audience. Here’s the blunt comment he recently made:

It will be like The One Show on wheels. All bubbly jubbly… they won't get the same numbers… The whole thing the three egos did was manage to get the family watching. It was for the family, kids loved it, they appealed to everyone.

Former host Jeremy Clarkson might have been a little outspoken, but Top Gear was still generally a series that could be watched by car lovers of various ages. So far, the trailer and other footage for the new version of the long-running BBC series hasn’t indicated that Top Gear will be all that different in tone when it premieres, but we will have to wait and see whether the show is similar or whether Needell’s predictions come true. The same is true for the numbers Top Gear will bring in, too. Only time—and the ratings—will tell if Top Gear with Chris Evans is a success.

Honestly, probably the most important thing that Tiff Needell told The Week is that Top Gear really used to be honed around those three TV personalities and the rapport they displayed on the small screen. The new version of Top Gear will actually follow way more than three personalities. Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz, Rory Reid and Eddie Jordan are all set to host. If you count The Stig, Top Gear has a huge lineup that it is calling "The Magnificent Seven." That’s an awful lot of hosts for one TV show, and it means that the time each host has onscreen will not be as much as on former iterations. This could also mean the show may seem crowded and it may be harder for the audience to connect with the hosts. Again, this is speaking before we've seen an episode, however.

It’s really difficult for a host to take a TV series that audiences loved and turned it into his or her own thing. We see this on late night and early morning programs, to varying degrees of success. It doesn’t help the new Top Gear team that fans are dissatisfied with the way things shook out after Jeremy Clarkson took ownership over punching a producer in the face.

The good news? If you, like Tiff Needell, aren’t particularly interested in giving the new Top Gear a chance, you are well within your rights to skip it. And if you are willing to give the new series a shot, you won’t have too much longer to wait. The new episodes will hit the schedule on May 22. In the meantime, here's what else US television has coming up this summer.

Jessica Rawden
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