All the rumors about who might be joining British presenter Chris Evans and Friends star Matt LeBlanc as hosts in the new episodes of Top Gear can finally cease as the show’s producer, the BBC, has confirmed the new lineup. Yes, lineup because quite a few names have been confirmed.
Shown in the photo above—from left to right—are Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and, of course, the Stig. That’s seven personalities so it will be interesting to see how they all fit in each episode.
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The appointment of Harris and Schmitz doesn’t come as a complete surprise as both were previously rumored to be part of the new cast. They were also both spotted with film crews during production of the new season whose first episode will premiere in May. Harris is a British automotive journalist and is famous for his clips on YouTube. Schmitz is a German racing instructor and an expert at driving on the Nürburgring. She has also appeared in previous episodes of the show.
As for Reid, like Harris he is a British automotive journalist. He was selected via a public audition process run by the BBC last year. He was selected as a finalist after submitting a 30-second audition tape, something he thought would never happen.
Jordan, meanwhile, is a motorsport veteran. He did a bit of racing in his earlier years but is most famous for running the Jordan Grand Prix Formula One team during the 1990s and into the early 2000s. More recently he’s been covering F1 for the BBC.
The first of the new episodes of Top Gear will premiere on BBC Two on May 8. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime’s new show starring former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May is also in production and is expected to premiere in the fall of 2016.