The new Top Gear has hit yet another bump in the road as the relaunch of the show has been delayed by two weeks, following issues behind-the-scenes and a producer quitting the show.
The revamped BBC motoring show was originally set to return to our screens on May 8, but its first episode with the new presenting team has now been pushed back to May 22, the Mirror reports.
It’s yet another setback for the new version of the popular motoring show, with its episode run also being cut down from eight to six – news which comes just weeks after the full new presenting line-up was revealed.
According to the Mirror, a BBC spokesman said:
We’ve always said we were working towards a May transmission for Top Gear and further detail on the date and series structure will follow nearer the time.
The new Top Gear has been hit with numerous setbacks since it was announced, including the departure of executive producer Lisa Clark after just five months in the role, after she reportedly clashed with Chris Evans over his behaviour on set.
The host, 49, is accused by fellow BBC employees of being a ‘control freak who thinks he can trample over everyone,’ something which is believed to have contributed to Clark’s decision to quit the show.
Reports also suggest that Evans wasn’t best pleased with the hiring of former Friends star Matt LeBlanc, with a source telling the Sun: “It was Lisa who suggested Matt, but Evans’ reply was, ‘He’s old hat, what do we want him for?’.” Ouch!
On top of all that, there have also been rumours that Evans was on the verge of quitting the show himself because he was sick of ‘meddling’ BBC executives over the direction of the revamped show.
The BBC have frequently dismissed reports of behind-the-scenes difficulties as ‘complete nonsense’.
However, with the original trio of Clarkson, May and Hammond having begun filming in Barbados for their new Amazon Prime show, we can’t help but wonder just how worried BBC executives are right now.