Despite criticism about his new show that is months from hitting the airwaves, new new Top Gear host has hit back at critics and labelled the former hosts of old new Top Gear as "Zippy, Bungle, and George".
As everyone in the entire world knows by now, Evans is leading the charge on the BBC's brand new version of Top Gear after Clarkson got into a spot of bother for hitting his producer. Sadly there have been many rumours surrounding the state of things behind the scenes, with accusations that Evans's on-set behaviour is pretty poor.
Evans used his column in the Mail on Sunday to hit back against criticism, and threw out the Rainbow reference at Top Gear's previous trio of presenters.
"Today I will be mostly on my travels again, this time going to Venice with That Car Show... Good title, don’t you think? For a car show. That’s what I would have retitled Top Gear had Zippy, Bungle and George announced some irretrievable divine right over the original name. Either that or Carmageddon, which I’ve always fancied."
Evans also dismissed the idea that he had been behaving badly on set, claiming that the set hasn't even been built yet. Apparently he's just signed off on the final design, and promises not to let the 'insider' down when it's done. That's a little bit unclear. Does that mean he's going to be a well-behaved BBC employee, or a bonafide Clarkson? Who knows.
He's off to a good start imitating his predecessor, though. Earlier this month Evans was forced to apologise for filming scenes around London's Cenotaph war memorial - footage which will not make it to air when the show launches in May. [NME]