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Following the departure of executive producer Lisa Clark, months before the series even aired, it was claimed that ‘Top Gear’ was “in crisis”, with a string of problems reportedly threatening to derail the show.
However, the BBC have now stepped in to insist that reports in the media suggesting the show is in trouble are nothing more than rumours.
When asked for a comment, a spokesperson for the broadcaster told The Mirror: “This is all gossip and speculation and we don’t comment on such nonsense."
In addition to Lisa’s departure, issues the show was said to have been hit by include Chris’s struggle to adapt to pre-recorded broadcasting, as well as the rumoured heavy-handedness of BBC Two controller Kim Shillinglaw, who it was suggested was keen to make the show “more PC”, following the media frenzy surrounding Jeremy Clarkson’s final few months on the show.
Chris was first confirmed to be the new host of ‘Top Gear’ earlier this year, following the decision to ditch Jeremy Clarkson, after his much-publicised “fracas” with a producer.
His co-presenters, James May and Richard Hammond, also chose to leave the show, with the trio set to host a new car-based show on Amazon Prime in the new year.
It is still not confirmed who will be hosting ‘Top Gear’ with Chris, but reports last week suggested Sabine Schmitz and Chris Harris would be completing the new presenting team.
The rebooted ‘Top Gear’ is currently slated to launch on the BBC in May 2016.