It’s probably good news to be honest. The BBC has reportedly axed Top Gear’s two planned Christmas specials, with the Beeb instead choosing to prioritise season 24.
The motoring show is hugely important to the corporation, which needs to work out how to address those worryingly low viewing figures. The final episode of the latest series brought in less than 2 million overnight viewers, hitting a new ratings low in the process. Even Antiques Roadshow, which was on at the same time, smashed it.
Chris Evans has since left Top Gear, which you’d imagine would provide an instant and dramatic boost. The Marmite presenter was widely considered the worst feature of the revamped show, with his fellow presenters actually receiving a lot of praise.
The BBC has confirmed that work on the next season of Top Gear is already underway, with a representative saying, "The team will be working towards bringing the show back some time in the early part of 2017. So all our energies are on that."
It’s believed that Matt LeBlanc will be the main host next time out, with any plans to replace Evans yet to be announced. [DailyStar]