12/02/2016 06:22 GMT | Updated 12/02/2016 06:59 GMT

'Top Gear': New Presenter Rory Reid Speaks Out After Old Gun Picture Surfaces

New ‘Top Gear’ host Rory Reid has spoken out after a picture of him holding two guns emerged.


A 2012 Facebook image showing the motoring journalist posing with two shotguns surfaced online, shortly after he was announced as one of the new presenters on the BBC Two show on Thursday (11 February).

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Rory Reid

However, Rory has insisted that the photo was taken during a clay pigeon shooting activity - something which is pretty evident from the background setting.

Taking to Twitter to address the image, he wrote: "Love how the web is going nuts over this pic. Team building clay pigeon shooting is NOT gangster! "

He also thanked ‘Top Gear’ viewers for their support of his new role.

“What a day. Thanks for the supportive messages,” he tweeted. “Sorry I couldn’t reply to everyone. I’m going to try to do you proud. Goodnight.”

Rory is one of the six new ‘Top Gear’ hosts, and will present the rebooted series alongside Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Eddie Jordan and Chris Harris.

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The new 'Top Gear' presenting team

Chris Harris faced embarrassment following his appointment, when it was revealed that he had previously claimed a ‘Top Gear’ reboot wouldn’t work without Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Chris shared his thoughts on the future of the BBC motoring series in a blog on jalopnik.com in March last year, writing: “Does TG work without Jeremy? Probably not,” he wrote. “Does it work without Richard and James too – absolutely not.

“I think the BBC would be completely mad to try and maintain the same format with three new people, but I don’t doubt it will try.”

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Chris Harris

He continued: “I genuinely think that if James and Richard choose not to continue then the format has to die with them. No one can ever do with it what they have, because they defined it in the first place.”

The all-new ‘Top Gear’ will return to BBC Two on Sunday 8 May.

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