Controversies Already Hound Top Gear Even Before May 8 Premiere

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 5, 2016

The previous Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have left a remarkable imprint in the show. The trio were notorious for their ridiculous antics, controversial statements, and their features on an interesting roster of vehicles that were somewhat polarizing.

Even as the new set of hosts has yet to make their debut on May 8, there are already reports that the new Top Gear team has done things that have pissed people off.

An issue that has placed Top Gear yet again in the limelight is the resignation of their (new) producer, Lisa Clark. After less than five months of working with Top Gear, Lisa has said her goodbyes in order to pursue “new projects”.

She used to work with Chris Evans on The Big Breakfast and apparently, Evans had brought her in to Top Gear. For now, series editor Alex Renton will take over as the interim executive producer while they are still looking for a replacement.

People are a bit troubled about the new Top Gear what with all the issues surfacing even before its season premier. Well, it’s not new for Top Gear to be in the limelight because of some issues, right? Let’s just hope the new hosts can live up to the task of delivering what is expected from Top Gear.

The Cenotaph

First up on the list of atrocities that the new Top Gear hosts have done is the Cenotaph incident. In a recent drifting session featuring host Matt LeBlanc and Ken Block in front of The Cenotaph in Whitehall, the duo apparently left their marks. Using Block’s Ford Mustang, the duo left skid marks near the Women of the World War II memorial which apparently caused a bit of an uproar.

The Cenotaph was put up after the World War I as a national war memorial and the Women of the World War II memorial was built to commemorate women’s contributions to the war. LeBlanc and Block left skid marks and burnouts. A spokesman for the Westminster City Council said that the Top Gear team did not follow the plans that were agreed prior to the filming.

What the Westminster City Council knew was that the duo would only be driving down the Whitehall however it seemed like they did more than that – wheel spins and a doughnut were apparently made without the city council’s approval.

The area is a respected ground as it commemorates those who have fought in the war which is why Top Gear’s antics have made quite a few people upset.


Now following Lisa Clark’s resignation from the show are talks on how lazy its new hosts are.

The ex-producer has revealed that some of the hosts are working for shorter hours than the rest of the team. Enter Chris Evans. It is reported that Evans works for only four hours a day with Top Gear.

But it doesn’t really mean that he’s already being a diva and whatnot. At 4:45 in the morning, Evans gets out of bed to prepare for his 3-hour long radio show that starts at 6:30 A.M. At 10:00 A.M., he starts his job with Top Gear and runs off at 2:00 P.M. to pick up his kids from school.

See here, he’s a busy dad but apparently, several Top Gear fans are worried about his output, considering that he signed a three-year $4.2 million contract with BBC.

Now, enter Matt LeBlanc. The former Friends star now turned Fast and Furious Top Gear host is reported to work even less compared to his co-hosts. According to former Top Gear producer Lisa Clark, LeBlanc has a habit of sleeping all morning and so instead of showing up at the set earlier than the filming time, he is given a 12:30 P.M. call time.

It is said that LeBlanc “refuses” to wake up before 11:00 A.M. thus the 12:30 P.M. call time. Clark also claims that other hosts (Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan) are now demanding to also have their hours cut short. Good thing there’s still good guy Chris Harris who remains willing to work the necessary hours for the show.

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