The recently released trailer for the new series of Top Gear has been given a ‘thumbs down’ by the overwhelming majority of fans, with some saying it should have been called ‘clowns in a car’.
So far more than 53,000 people have down-voted the trailer on YouTube, with many bemoaning the Americanisation of the show and how the new presenters – Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Sabine Schmitz – don’t seem to be anywhere near as funny as Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. One of the many critical comments said: “I’d rather poke my eyes out with a rusty fork than watch the new Top Gear 2016,” while another fan wrote “Looks like clowns in a car trying hard to be funny, or this is the way to mess up one of the best shows ever.”
Many of the comments urged the BBC to bring back the former star of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, but in reality there’s a higher chance of hell freezing over before that would ever happen. Fans have branded Chris Evans a poor replacement for Clarkson, claiming the humour shown in the trailer appears to be scripted. Other fans have said that they’ll boycott the series and instead watch Clarkson’s new Amazon Prime when it launches later in the year.
Despite the overwhelming amount of negative comments on you the YouTube video, the BBC still remains optimistic about Top Gear’s chances. A spokesperson for the BBC said “The Top Gear trailer has received almost 5m views already and we are delighted that so many people have shown an interest in the new show.”
The 60-second trailer showed an array of supercars and classic cars, from the McLaren 675LT to the Ferrari F12 TDF and a three-wheeled Reliant Rialto. If by chance you haven’t seen it yet, , check it out below and let us know what you think.