The BBC's iconic automotive show Top Gear has a new lead following Jeremy Clarkson's controversial firing for punching the show's producer. Former Radio One DJ and British broadcaster Chris Evans will become the new host of the popular series, announcing: “I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward."

The new Chris Evans led version of Top Gear will start production in the next few weeks.

In support of the original lead presenter, Clarkson's co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May will not return to the show. May Tweeted a good luck message to Evans, posting: 'Well: best of luck to @achrisevans and the future of Top Gear (b. 1977). That's a ballsy call, frankly, and to be admired.'