Wednesday 13 December 2017

Twitter reacts to Chris Evans bagging Top Gear gig - and it's not good

Chris Evans who has signed a three-year deal to lead a new Top Gear line-up
Chris Evans who has signed a three-year deal to lead a new Top Gear line-up
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Jeremy Clarkson records for the Chris Evans Show at The BBC on May 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Top Gear fans are, for the most part, a very vocal bunch so when Chris Evans was confirmed as the new host, replacing Jeremy Clarkson, it was always going to cause a stir.

After all, these are fans who have petitioned relentlessly for Clarkson's return and some (although not all, thankfully) even trolled Sue Perkins to within an inch of her life when she was mooted as a possible replacement presenter.

That particularly nastiness prompted James May to tell them to go and 'kill themselves', a comment he later retracted.

James May tells Top Gear viewers who trolled Sue Perkins on Twitter to 'kill themselves' 

But it's all been a bit tense.  Reaction to Chris Evans' appointment has been, in the main, negative, although he hasn't been subjected to the same abuse as Perkins and some fans are prepared to give him a shot.  "Show us what you've got" is a tweet cropping up regularly on Twitter.

For the most part, however, fans are not entirely happy. Adding insult to injury is the news that James May and Richard Hammond won't be returning either.  So, they've taken to Twitter to share their feelings...

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