Los Angeles - Top Gear's relaunch date has been pushed
back by two weeks.
show with presenters Chris Evans and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc was
expected to air on 8 May, but now it has been delayed until 22 May, and has also
been cut from being an eight-part series to six.
spokesman commented: "We've always said we were working towards a May
transmission for Top Gear and further detail on the date and series structure
will follow nearer the time.''
unsure why the programme has been delayed, there have been several setbacks
including, the exit of the motoring show's executive producer Lisa Clark.
It has also
been reported that the reason for her departure is down to Chris, 49, not committing
100% to the motoring show and him saying that she was "undermining him" about
not doing "enough" on a segment he'd filmed with racing ace Jenson Button.
told The Sun newspaper: "Evans didn't normally turn up to a lot of meetings,
but at this one he said he had completed some footage with Jenson Button.
replied, 'Yes but we need to make more than 30 films. It's not enough'. He shot
her a look for undermining him and she was soon gone."
the insider added that Chris wasn't happy about Matt being a presenter because
he's "old hat".
added: "It was Lisa who suggested Matt, but Evans' reply was, 'He's old hat,
what do we want him for?'."
The BBC have
declined to comment on Lisa's exit.
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