Chris Evans has taunted his Top Gear predecessors Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May by labelling them ‘Zippy, Bungle and George’.
The under-fire new host of the BBC motoring show compared the previous presenting trio to the puppet characters from children’s TV programme Rainbow who regularly squabbled.
Evans also mentioned yesterday how he liked the idea of renaming Top Gear as “That Car Show” or even “Carmageddon” – and dismissed claims that he has been a ‘diva’ during filming. His comments were part of his review of the Infiniti Q30 in The Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine.
In the review, Evans said: ‘Today I will be mostly on my travels again, this time going to Venice with That Car Show. Good title, don’t you think? For a car show. That’s what I would have retitled Top Gear had Zippy, Bungle and George announced some irretrievable divine right over the original name. Either that or Carmageddon, which I’ve always fancied.”
Evans also used the review to dismiss allegations that he has been behaving badly on the Top Gear set, saying: “Just a small point here. We don’t actually have a set yet for me to misbehave on. Not only has it not been built, but we have only just signed off the final design. Once it is built, however, I promise I will try not to let the ‘insider’ down.”
“In fact I am channelling my inner creative rage at this very moment,” Evans said.
The new Chris Evans version of Top Gear has been beset by problems since filming began last year, with many predicting it will be shot down in flames by fans when it goes to air in May.