Variety's Worst TV of 2016 - 8. ?Top Gear? (BBC)


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Aug 1, 2006
8. ?Top Gear? (BBC)

The BBC was put in something of an impossible spot when a host of one of its most popular shows worldwide hauled off and hit a producer during a location shoot. They had little choice but to discipline Jeremy Clarkson, but in pushing him out the door along with his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond, the Beeb poured sand into the engine of the global ?Top Gear? phenomenon. Successor host Chris Evans had no shot at recreating the fun that the show delivered with the bro-mantic adventures of Clarkson, Hammond and May. And tapping ?Friends? star Matt LeBlanc as Harris? sidekick was a nonsensical choice that was awkward on-air from the first minute.