The revamped Top Gear premiered on our screens on Sunday night, replacing Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May with Chris Evans, Matt Le Blanc and their band of car-happy merry pranksters.
However, after five minutes, two things became apparent: first, Chris Evans was trying excruciatingly to imitate Clarkson and second, tapping on the trending #TopGear and reading the gushing torrent of abuse directed at the new-look motoring show was much more entertaining than the show itself.
Yes, the Evans-fronted Top Gear received an almighty mauling at the hands of ruthless keyboard warriors on Sunday night. We’ve rounded up some of the most entertaining. However, having seen the show, we can happily report that it wasn’t all that bad – there were some enjoyable elements too and we’ve thrown in the more positive responses to balance the books.
— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) May 29, 2016
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 30, 2016
— Mark Hughes (@mark1980s) May 30, 2016
— ollie (@ollieoioioi) May 29, 2016
— KyloRen’sPerfectHair (@Danburden1138) May 29, 2016
There is definitely room for both #TopGear and the new Clarkson, Hammond and May show. I’m hearing that’s looking great too.
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) May 29, 2016
I’m a fan of Evans and LeBlanc, but the forced chemistry was terrible, the gags unfunny, the new format completely terrible. Awful. #TopGear
— Shane on Blast106 (@ShanePearce) May 29, 2016
— katie smith (@katieeloouise) May 29, 2016
— Felix Hemsley (@FelixHemsley) May 29, 2016
— Safwan Ahmedmia (@SuperSaf) May 29, 2016
— Paul (@HeirToTheCowl_) May 29, 2016
— Aidan. (@uneventfuI) May 29, 2016
Of course, Jeremy Clarkson himself dared not tweet about his predecessor or the show in general. However, with The Grand Tour titled and looming on the horizon, you can expect a cheeky barb or two from Jezza in response to Evans’ ‘catering’ quip. Clarkson has never been one to pull his punches. Just ask Piers Morgan.
If you missed the first Top Gear episode, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer.