Who Is Top Gear's New Host Rory Reid?

Rory Reid is one of Top Gear’s six new presenters (or seven if The Stig counts), and he’s probably the one you’ve never heard of. Fear not, here’s all you need to know.

According to the Telegraph, Reid got the gig by sending a 30 second audition tape to the BBC, which managed to blew away Chris Evans. We would love to see that clip. But here’s a clue.


The 36-year-old is the former Editor-in-Chief of the car and gadget site Recombu who also used to host Sky1’s show Gadget Geeks and do some talking on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Not unlike his new collegue Chris Harris, Reid built up quite an audience on YouTube reviewing cars in various entertaining ways. On Rebombu Cars, he became a rapper for the Rolls-Royce Ghost, which makes perfect sense.

He also gave me a great opportunity to show you the Fiat Panda Cross, off roading of course.

It looks like he will also be just as good at doing challenges and smashing up old Vauxhalls as Clarkson, Hammond and May were, because on the highly popular Fast, Furious & Funny channel, he always had a crane at hand...

So, Evans: the chief. LeBlanc: the good guy. Harris: the hot shoe. Schmitz: the hotter shoe. Jordan: the Irishman. Reid?


The funny guy.


Photo credit: Recombu Cars

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PotbellyJoe and 42 others

I’ve heard they are dropping “Jessica” as the opening theme and having Kenny G compose something original.

Now that I have your attention...

How many hosts are needed? My local news is on air every night and they have 3 recurring talking heads, 2 in the morning. What’s the joke in sports? When you have 2 quarterbacks, you really have no quarterbacks.

When you have eleventy-billion hosts, you really have no hosts. Maybe they aren’t confident in a select few to carry the water for this show in the way the previous group was capable. I don’t know. It just feels like they are planning by committee and too afraid to leave any viewer-demographic, or personality on the threshing floor.

I think this is going to be a difficult formula for them to work out.