The netizens went on an overdrive when news about “Friends” star Matt Le Blanc joining “Top Gear” came out. They are back again but annoyed after “Top Gear” revealed the names of other hosts, which also includes a woman. Netizens were infuriated with the “she-devil” T-shirt worn by “Top Gear’s” first female host when they saw it in a photograph. The Twitterati vent out their frustration by saying that it was offensive and unnecessary to “brand” the only female host, notes NZ Herald.
The woman to host “Top Gear” is none other than German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, who grew up next to the Nürburgring. She has also been on the show a few times already.
“I’ve appeared on ‘Top Gear’ a few times in the past, so I know we’re going to have a lot of fun,” she said in an official statement to NZ Herald. “I grew up next to the Nürburgring, and have been racing for most of my life, so the chance to combine both driving and filming was too good an opportunity to pass up,” she added.
In a statement, BBC revealed that Schmitz has already started filming a sequence with Chris Evans for the new series. The sequence “will leave even the most hardened speed-demons gasping for breath when it debuts on TV.”
Others to join the lineup include Eddie Jordan, former Formula 1 team owner and commentator Chris Harris who is an established and respected motoring journalist, and Rory Reid, a TV presenter and car reviewer. They will join Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and The Stig in May when the programme returns to BBC Two.
Rory Reid is the only person from amongst the line-up who gave an audition for the show. “When I submitted my 30-second audition tape, I knew the odds were very firmly against me, as the auditions were open to absolutely everybody,” he told BBC. “To be the only person to make it through the open audition process makes me immensely proud,” he added.