Chris Evans and Jeremy Clarkson appear to have fallen out pretty spectacularly over Top Gear.
The former friends have clashed over Evans’ appointment as the new host of Top Gear, and over Clarkson’s claims that the BBC offered him his old job back.
On his Radio 2 breakfast show yesterday, Evans dismissed Jeremy’s comments that he had been asked to return.
Well, as to whether Jeremy was offered his old job back or not, either outside or inside his own head he still said no to the voices. Therefore, I shall continue my resurrection of the world’s favourite television car show. As auditions for a new Top Gear presenter go live in 26 minutes from now and I can’t wait.
Evans was also seen on The One Show appearing to mock Clarkson by using his well-known catchphrase, “And on that bombshell”.
Clarkson was axed from Top Gear in March following the infamous “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon and claimed he rejected a return to the show to instead set up a new motoring show with fellow former hosts Richard Hammond and James May.
And, in his first interview since Evans was installed as the new Top Gear presenter, Clarkson also took a swipe at the new host.
Speaking to the Sun, Clarkson said:
I hope Chris enjoys running what, for the next couple of weeks, is the world’s biggest car show.
Reports suggested earlier in the week that the BBC made a U-turn and offered Clarkson the chance to return to the BBC2 show, only for him to turn them down.
However, the BBC have been quick to play down the reports.
A BBC spokesman said:
We haven’t offered another Top Gear contract and the BBC had placed on record its thanks to Jeremy for his broadcasting on the programme and wish him well for the future.
This feud is only likely to escalate further when both presenters’ motoring shows debut later this year.