Chris Evans Receives Clarkson & Hammond's Approval – Could James May Return to Top Gear?

By James O Malley on at

Chris Evans has received the blessing of the three former Top Gear presenters to take over the show, with Richard Hammond apparently saying "you were designed and built for that job".

According to the Standard, Evans spoke about his new gig during his Radio 2 Breakfast Show, and revealed that he had exchanged text messages with the old guard.

Hammond apparently said "it was always the BBC’s very best option if you take it up and I certainly don’t blame you for doing so. Good luck".

Clarkson apparently responded to Evans revealing the news that he had got the job with "I knew you would, best of luck”, and offered advice that Evans wouldn't reveal. Presumably it was "don't punch a producer".

Perhaps most intriguingly, when Evans told James May, he was phoned straight back. Evans has since revealed that the pair plan to meet up to "talk about things". According to the article the pair are close, having holidayed together – so could James May be returning? Evans added "who knows what might happen there".

Evans also took time to clarify how events played out, given his previous denials that he was up for the job. Apparently prior to Hammond and May ruling out a return to the show he had only the one text message exchange with "somebody very high up".

So to explain his earlier tweets he said “so whenever I said I categorically rule myself out of running for office it was because I didn’t want to be a pawn in a chess game involving two, in fact three including Jeremy, of my friends.”

Of course if there is one good thing to come out of this it is that it probably means that new series of TFI Friday everyone was expecting following the Channel 4 special has probably been put back into the box marked "things that were nice in the Nineties but would probably be a bad idea in 2015". [Evening Standard]