Evans was named in June to succeed Jeremy Clarkson on the motoring show after the latter’s contract was not renewed following a dust-up with a producer.
While calling Clarkson’s departure a “very sad episode,” Shillinglaw, according to the BBC, said the new show will be “really different” and include some changes, while maintaining continuity. Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May have set up a new program about cars at Amazon.
Shillinglaw further said of Clarkson’s departure, “For me, the biggest reminder is for all this is telly, for all this is business, a competitive industry, at the end of the day, it’s about human beings.”
Evans is a renowned petrol-head who has a passion for cars. Earlier this week, Danny Cohen, BBC director of TV, said of Evans, “I think he’s very respectful of the show’s heritage but he wants to bring new ideas to it and he’s working incredibly hard. He’s in the office, he’s full of ideas.”
The Guardian reported there will be a new, supersized Top Gear track at Dunsfold in Surrey, home of the “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment.