James May has accused new Top Gear host Chris Evans of faking production problems in order to lower viewer expectations.
May made the comments during an interview for ITV’s This Morning on Tuesday, convinced that the recent setbacks dealt to Top Gear are part of an elaborate hoax, so that viewers will be pleasantly surprised when they see the new Evans version of Top Gear in May. Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield as part of the live broadcast, he said: “That’s my theory. To be brutally honest that’s what I’d do. I would make out it was all going terribly.”
Most recently, Evans, who has signed up to Top Gear for at least 3 years, was spotted being sick following a drive in an Audi R8 V10 with co-star Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel. James added: “The picture of Chris supposedly being sick while he was driving a car. Was he being sick? I look a lot more contorted when I’m sick.”
Despite claiming Top Gear are faking their problems James says he is keen for Evans and the show to do well, saying “I’d like to see Chris’ version do well. It’s a ballsy call to continue it. I wouldn’t want to be the one presenting it when we’d just finished, but there must be a way of reinventing it. We always said it would survive beyond us.”
Top Gear is set to return on May 8.