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It looks like the legendary TV Show will go through another hard time as BBC management plans new hosts for 2019. Once the world’s most popular series about cars, Top Gear is just a shadow of what it used to be in the past, before the legendary trio of Clarkson, Hammond, and May were replaced, due to Clarkson’s controversial behaviour in 2014.

However, the fan core is still quite significant. People have finally used to the new lineup, but it looks like we are about to see a new crew once again in late 2019. The automotive program will be led by one of the current hosts, Chris Harris, and two new names. Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid will be replaced with Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff.

While the audience from the abroad would probably wonder, UK fans are pretty familiar with these two names. Paddy McGuinness is a well-known comedian, with a presence on British TV screens for more than two decades. On the other side, Andrew Flintoff in an ex-professional cricket player. There is no doubt that these two are capable of being TV hosts, but what about their knowledge and experience in the automotive industry?

That is the reason why most Top Gear fans are not satisfied with the BBC’s choice. Moreover, many of them are pretty disappointed to see that the famous show could quickly become something that doesn’t have too many things in common with the original series. That is the reason why we can read various kinds of negative comments. Many of them suggest that Top Gear will become nothing more than a light comedy show, without too many connections with the show that was hosted by the legendary Clarkson-May-Hammond trio. So, it’s not strange to hear from many fans words that sound – “It would be much simpler just to cancel the show right now”, or something like that.

In early 2019, Top Gear will enter its 26th season, and it will be the last one with the current lineup, which consists of Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid. Three years after the replacement of the legendary trio, we will see another lineup overhaul.

The original Top Gear was launched in 2002. It was a creation of Jeremy Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman. Soon after, the legendary trio was gathered and worked until 2015. Clarkson was off the show, due to questionable behaviour. Hammond, May, and Wilman joined him soon after. Just a year later, the same crew signed a deal with Amazon and started a new show called The Grand Tour. The show featured a pretty similar format and received highly positive critics. It is more popular than the current Top Gear series, but still far away from the legendary shows that were on air before 2015.


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