Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

The BBC Calls Rumors About New Top Gear’s Chris Evans ‘Unfounded Nonsense'

Photo: Richard Shotwell/AP
Photo: Richard Shotwell/AP

After yesterday’s drama about Chris Evans reportedly making a producer weep, we decided to reach out to the BBC to figure out what the heck is going on with Top Gear’s host replacement. They finally got back with us today, saying that Chris Evans is basically a modern day Jesus Christ. But they would say that, wouldn’t they?

Advertisement

Yesterday we reported a story from British tabloid The Sun which asserted that Chris Evans was acting like an obnoxious diva. This report built on the source’s earlier story that Top Gear was turning into a bit of a shit-show.

Well, it looks like the BBC would prefer nightfall, because in its statement on the manner, the broadcaster clearly expressed its displeasure with The Sun, saying:

The Sun’s continued assertion that Chris Evans’ behaviour at Radio 2 since beginning work at Top Gear has been in any way below BBC acceptable levels is completely untrue.

Advertisement

The BBC continued laying into the tabloid, saying:

The Sun, for its own reasons, continues on a weekly, sometimes daily basis to publish negative stories about Top Gear and unfounded nonsense about Chris, which is no longer worth any serious consideration or response.

Then the public service broadcaster began showering Evans with compliments, saying:

Since taking on Top Gear alongside his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris has displayed even greater commitment and professionalism. He remains a team player, a huge asset to the BBC and continues to show outstanding leadership in all he does on Radio, Television or for Children in Need.

Advertisement

Hear that, people? Children! The man likes children. Who can both simultaneously like children and be a jerk? I’m fairly certain there are biological restraints in nature banning such a coupling of character traits.

So there you have it, Chris Evans-from-the-heavens is an angel, and The Sun is just a mean publication propagating hate. Because obviously, the BBC wouldn’t lie to us, right? It’s not like they have incentive to convince the public that their show is going well.

Advertisement

Oh wait.

Okay, let’s be honest, the truth is probably somewhere in between the rumored extremes. The tabloid has reason to report about sensational feuds and squabbles, and the BBC probably has some motivation to make the public think they’re not running a giant dumpster fire.

Advertisement

Who knows if we’ll ever find out whether this guy is really a jerk. If I ever get a chance, maybe I’ll just ask him.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

“Okay, let’s be honest, the truth is probably somewhere in between the rumored extremes.”

I worked in the UK press, and when I contacted ex-coworkers who are at the BBC a few weeks ago, they basically gave me the same story, albeit nowhere near as glowing. That’s he’s a decent enough guy, he’s alright to work with, he’s professional, hasn’t caused any real problems, and the notoriously Anti-BBC red-tops are shitting out made-up nonsense again.

And that’s not an official inquiry, that’s just asking people I’ve worked and drank with what the game is, since some of them are in the know. They’ve no reason to be telling me porkies.

As I’ve said in the previous comment after I checked in, I also contacted some old workmates who were Ex-sun employees, and still keep an ear in - The red-tops(Sun in particular) are running these stories because they sell a shitload of papers, and get even more clicks, the latter thanks to, direct quote, “clueless yanks who’ll gobble up any old nonsense about TG since Clarkson was sacked.”

This came along with a strong suggestion that most of the sources were either made up, or have nothing to do with top Gear. There’s also word - a far less firm word, but a word - that this is very top-down “reporting”, rather than the usual bottom-up.

Of course, industry scuttlebutt from drinking buddies, grain of salt, yadda yadda, you know the deal.