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Chris Evans wanted Nick Grimshaw for Tfi Friday, but Simon Cowell got him first

30 June 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has revealed that he wanted Nick Grimshaw to host new episodes of Tfi Friday.

The presenter previously described the BBC Radio 1 DJ as "the future" of the Channel 4 show, but this was before Simon Cowell signed him up for The X Factor.

Evans told The Sun: "Unfortunately he has another contract I found out about in The Sun newspaper. He's exclusive with ITV, so it's very disappointing."

It should however be noted that Grimshaw has not signed an exclusive deal for The X Factor, as he will remain on BBC Radio 1.

"He will always be welcome on the show, though," he added.

After Grimshaw signed up for The X Factor, Evans decided to stay on as presenter of Tfi Friday, and says he is "very excited" to be fronting the next eight shows.

Channel 4 confirmed the comeback for the show after the success of this month's one-off special. »

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Chris Evans: Simon Cowell stole Nick Grimshaw away from Tfi Friday return

27 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Nick Grimshaw was in talks to replace Chris Evans as the host of the return of 'Tfi Friday' until Simon Cowell nabbed him for 'The X Factor'. Chris - who previously described the 30-year-old BBC Radio 1 presenter as the ''future of 'Tfi Friday''' - has revealed he's ''disappointed'' that Grimmy is now set to be a judge on the ITV talent show, as it meant he was forced to re-hire himself for the new series of the Channel 4 cult chat show. The 49-year-old TV presenter said: ''Unfortunately (Nick) has another contract I found out about in The Sun newspaper. He's »

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Are Former ‘Top Gear’ Presenters About Move to Netflix? Or Is ITV Their Destination?

24 June 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Speculation is mounting in the U.K. that the former presenters of the BBC’s hit auto show “Top Gear,” Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, and the show’s former executive producer, Andy Wilman, are about to reveal the home for their new motoring show, with Netflix and ITV the most likely destinations.

Wilman and the former hosts of “Top Gear,” which commands a worldwide audience estimated at more than 350 million, are set to unveil the new show “within the next few weeks,” according to the Sunday Times, where Clarkson has a column. The new show will debut “sometime after next March,” the article claimed.

On Saturday, Clarkson wrote in his column for the Sun newspaper that he’d had plenty of offers to make a rival show. “I’ll miss the BBC, I really will. Because for every silly idiot, there were ten good guys who »

- Leo Barraclough

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The return of Tfi Friday makes me despair | Tim Burrows

24 June 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My teenage self adored everything Chris Evans did. But in hindsight Tfi was where Britpop came to die

The 90s are back – again. Like a particularly aggressive Ppi caller, they keep interrupting our day. But instead of an automated voice saying, creepily, “we have been trying to reach you”, they instead opt for the simpler: “Wahey!”

Related: Chris Evans will host more episodes of Tfi Friday – how did we get here?

We’re living in a deeply conservative cultural moment, without dad rock fronted by the new presenter of Top Gear

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- Tim Burrows

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Chris Evans will host more episodes of Tfi Friday – how did we get here?

23 June 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After the successful 20th-anniversary celebration, Channel 4 has announced a further eight-part run of Tfi Friday with the new Top Gear host back at the helm – and not Nick Grimshaw, as Evans himself had suggested

Personally, I would have brought back The Word or, at a stretch, Katie Puckrik’s Pyjama Party. But today we are faced with news that’s going to be as divisive as it was inevitable. Following its successful one-off revival, Tfi Friday is coming back to Channel 4 for a full series, the twist being that Chris Evans will return to front all eight episodes. We should at least be used to Evans going back on his word when it comes to career plans. And so it would be instructive to establish a timeline of these cataclysmic last few months.

A rip opens in the fabric of light entertainment when Jeremy Clarkson punches somebody in the face. »

- Dan Martin

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Why Chris Evans is perfect to replace both Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman on Top Gear

23 June 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ian Morris is a journalist who worked on Top Gear from 2003-2006. With Chris Evans confirmed as the show's new host, here's his take on the future of the BBC's global car phenomenon.

Chris Evans is a petrolhead, with a car collection worth many, many millions of pounds, including the most expensive car ever sold in Britain: a £12 million Ferrari 250 Gto, of which only 36 were ever built.

But what the BBC will no doubt be hoping is that Evans can not just replace former presenter Jeremy Clarkson in the car-loving department but also executive producer Andy Wilman, too, bringing some of those ideas that made his early career on shows like Tfi Friday and Don't Forget Your Toothbrush such a revelation on British TV.

Evans has a long past with some of the most innovative TV in the UK. He's going in as not just the talent, but as someone »

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Chris Evans to host Tfi Friday

23 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Evans will host the new series of 'Tfi Friday'. The 49-year-old presenter - who fronted the original show from 1996 to 1999 - will return to host a six-episode series following on from the success of the anniversary special which aired earlier this month. Chris -who was recently announced as the replacement for Jeremy Clarkson on BBC Two's 'Top Gear' after signing a £3 million deal - confirmed his return to the Channel 4 show last night (22.06.15). He wrote on Twitter: ''Just written last chapter of new book. Had no idea it was going to start with a secret »

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Tfi Friday will return for an 8-episode series hosted by Chris Evans

23 June 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tfi Friday will return for an 8-episode series hosted by Chris Evans.

Channel 4 has confirmed the comeback for the show, which recently enjoyed a one-off special. The new episodes will air later this year.

11,751 people voted in a snap Digital Spy poll after the revival episode, with a massive 71.9% calling for a full-time comeback and just 28.1% wanting the show to be laid to rest.

Tfi Friday ran for six series from 1996 to 2000 on Channel 4. The first five series were hosted by Evans, and the sixth by a series of guest presenters.

In 2005, Evans fronted just six episodes of short-lived spinoff Ofi Sunday on ITV.

Just written last chapter of new book. Had no idea it was going to start with a secret marathon and end with TFi Friday & Top Gear. Onwards!

Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 23, 2015

Earlier this month, a Tfi Friday live special aired on Channel 4 as »

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Top Gear returns Chris Evans to his mid-90s glory days

19 June 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC bosses hope presenter can replicate the days when millions tuned into his Radio 1 breakfast show and watched his Channel 4 hit Tfi Friday

It is the most remarkable comeback in broadcasting. The presenter of the country’s biggest radio show, Chris Evans, is now host of its most talked-about TV programme as the new face of Top Gear.

His coronation as Jeremy Clarkson’s successor this week has returned Evans to his glory days of the mid 90s, when millions of people were waking up to his Radio 1 breakfast show and watching his archetypal Channel 4 hit, Tfi Friday.

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- John Plunkett

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Jeremy Clarkson could have returned to Top Gear, says new host Chris Evans

18 June 2015 4:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

New Top Gear host Chris Evans has suggested that Jeremy Clarkson could have eventually returned to the programme.

Speaking on The One Show, Evans said that maybe Clarkson could have come back to the BBC motoring show "after a year", had James May and Richard Hammond not turned down a deal to return.

Evans has signed a three-year deal to host Top Gear, and he will be holding open auditions for potential co-hosts who are passionate about cars, saying that they can be "male [or] female, young or old - it doesn't matter".

He told his Radio 2 listeners this morning that there will "definitely be a female presence on the show", but clarified comments he made yesterday in which he appeared to indicate that one of his co-hosts would be female.

In last week's Tfi Friday special on Channel 4, Clarkson appeared in a pre-recorded skit teaching Evans how to properly »

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13 presenters who could join Chris Evans on Top Gear, from Jodie Kidd to Steve Coogan

17 June 2015 5:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has finally made an official announcement regarding the future of Top Gear, with DJ Chris Evans becoming the show's new lead host.

Following Jeremy Clarkson's departure, it also looks as if James May and Richard Hammond will not be returning, although this has yet to be officially confirmed.

Evans has said that a female co-host will "definitely" be joining him, but who is in line for one of the biggest TV shows in the world? Here's a list of potential options tipped by bookmakers and fans alike.

1. Jodie Kidd

One of the most popular choices at the bookies, Kidd is a good friend of Clarkson and the Top Gear team, and knows her stuff when it comes to motors.

Primarily known for her modelling work before a career in TV, she is a keen motor racer and has taken part in the Gumball 3000 several times. At one stage, »

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Top Gear will "definitely" have a female co-presenter, says Chris Evans

17 June 2015 3:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has said that his new-look Top Gear will "definitely" feature a female co-host.

The presenter told BBC Radio 5 Live's Nicky Campbell that installing a female host was one of the changes he wanted to make to the BBC Two series.

When asked if a female host may join him, he said: "Absolutely. But not for the sake of it. I can confirm that definitely 100%."

Jodie Kidd, Clare Balding and Suzi Perry have been linked to the series in recent months, with Perry being spotted at the Tfi Friday bar on Friday night (June 12).

"I want to have people who are knowledgeable about cars, people who have great energy, good timing, who are keen to do things differently," Evans added.

The BBC Radio Two DJ was announced as the new lead host of Top Gear last night, following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

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Chris Evans could be just what Top Gear needs to move on after Jeremy Clarkson

17 June 2015 3:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After talking about cars for years in his other presenting jobs, Evans is an ideal replacement for Jeremy Clarkson. And with James May and Richard Hammond also leaving, it could be perfect opportunity for a woman on the team

Top Gear is my favourite television show, says Chris Evans – audioChris Evans ‘ruled out Top Gear to avoid becoming a pawn in a chess game’

Many cynics said that the last half hour of Chris Evans’s Tfi Friday revival on Channel 4 was his audition for Top Gear. How else do you explain the interminable petrol-soaked segment of the show which featured an overlong interview with Lewis Hamilton, a millionaire racing driver with the personality of a much less exciting man? And then a bunch of directly ripped Top Gear stunts and an actual Vt featuring Evans and sacked Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson driving around in a sports car. »

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Chris Evans is meeting James May about Top Gear today: "Who knows what might happen?"

17 June 2015 1:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has opened up about how he got the Top Gear hosting job - and hinted that James May might yet join him on the show.

The Tfi Friday star was confirmed as the new lead presenter of the BBC motoring series last night (June 16), having strenuously ruled himself out of the running as a replacement for Jeremy Clarkson several weeks ago.

Evans revealed that all three former Top Gear hosts have wished him luck on his appointment, and teased that his close friendship with May might even see the pair reunited on screen.

"A few weeks ago, James and I went on holiday together," Evans said of the pair's friendship. "We're going to meet up today and tomorrow and talk about things and who knows what might happen there..?"

Explaining how the new job came about, Evans told listeners of his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show that he had »

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Who do you want to join Chris Evans on Top Gear? - Open thread

16 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Top Gear is in for some monumental changes when it returns to BBC Two, now that Chris Evans has officially replaced Jeremy Clarkson.

Despite saying he didn't want the job (then downgrading to "never say never"), Evans was announced as the BBC Two car programme's lead presenter earlier today (June 16).

The BBC presenter has also revealed that he will immediately be sitting down for talks with his close friend James May, stating "We're going to meet up today and tomorrow and talk about things and who knows what might happen there..?"

Here's how Twitter reacted to Chris Evans joining Top Gear: Piers and Lord Sugar bicker, more

We now finally have a partial answer as to how the show will move forward, but what about the rest of the BBC's "all-new Top Gear line-up"?

Who do you think deserves to join Evans as a co-presenter on this new-look Top Gear? »

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Top Gear: Are you happy Chris Evans will be lead host? Vote in our poll

16 June 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It has finally been confirmed that Chris Evans will be the new lead host of Top Gear - but are you happy with the BBC's choice?

The Radio Two presenter will be joined by some yet-to-be announced co-hosts to replace Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Who do you want to join Chris Evans on Top Gear? - Open thread

Here's how Twitter reacted to Chris Evans joining Top Gear: Piers and Lord Sugar bicker, more

Evans said: "I'm thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time. Created by a host of brilliant minds who love cars and understand how to make the massively complicated come across as fun, devil-may-care and effortless.

"When in fact of course, it's anything but and that's the genius of Top Gear's global success.

"I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward. »

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Chris Evans is announced as Top Gear's new lead host in three-year deal

16 June 2015 11:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has been announced as the new lead host of Top Gear.

The Radio Two presenter has signed a three-year deal with the BBC to front the show, and will be joined by an all-new lineup.

Here's how Twitter reacted to Chris Evans joining Top Gear: Piers and Lord Sugar bicker, more

Who do you want to join Chris Evans on Top Gear? - Open thread

Evans said: "I'm thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time. Created by a host of brilliant minds who love cars and understand how to make the massively complicated come across as fun, devil-may-care and effortless.

"When in fact of course, it's anything but and that's the genius of Top Gear's global success.

"I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward."

First tweet as new Top Gear host. »

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75% of DS readers don't want Nick Grimshaw on The X Factor judging panel

15 June 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The majority of Digital Spy readers have said they wouldn't like to see Nick Grimshaw join The X Factor's judging panel.

Out of 15,267 readers who voted in our poll, 75.05% said they'd rather the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ didn't end up on the ITV Saturday night show.

Only 24.95% of voters thought Grimshaw's addition to the panel would be a positive thing.

New X Factor co-host Caroline Flack said last month that she thought the presenter would be a "very good judge", with Olly Murs agreeing.

"I'm not going to say if he is [a judge], Grimmy, but I think he'd make a very good judge," Flack said. "I think he would be very, very good at that, if he was."

It's not just X Factor that Grimshaw's name is linked to either, with Tfi Friday host Chris Evans recently naming the DJ as a potential successor during the show's one-off revival. »

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Reef's 'Place Your Hands' sales rocket by 230.6% after Tfi Friday special

15 June 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Reef's 'Place Your Hands' has enjoyed a whopping 230.6% increase in week-on-week sales, with 1,286 copies being sold.

Twitter account @PlaceYourHands has been charting the weekly sales of the single every week since November 27, 2012.

Why on earth would anyone track the sales of Reef's 'Place Your Hands'?

"Weekly sales updates for the classic Reef single #placeyourhands," reads the Twitter bio.

"It sells way more than you think."

It is thought that last week's Tfi Friday special is the reason for the increase in sales.

A #placeyourhands update! Last week, the @reefband classic sold 1,286 copies - a 230.6% increase on the week before. It's. Your. Letters.

— Place Your Hands (@PlaceYourHands) June 15, 2015Reef gave a shout-out to the feed and thanks to Tfi Friday and Chris Evans on their own Twitter account.

Thank You Everybody @achrisevans #TFIFriday @PlaceYourHands

- Yeah Man ! https://t.co/SrAAEfomGw

— Reef (@reefband) June 15, 2015The band famously played a spoof version »

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Chris Evans backs Tfi Friday return after 3.7m watch special

15 June 2015 3:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Star says future of show is ‘in Channel 4’s hands’, although there would be issues over his role presenting BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show and The One Show

Chris Evans wants Tfi Friday to come back full time after the one-off return of the Channel 4 show was watched by nearly 4 million viewers, which could prove a big headache for the BBC.

The music and talk show, back a year early for its 20th anniversary last Friday, had 3.7 million viewers, an 18% share of the audience, beating every other channel.

Related: Chris Evans could host new Tfi Friday series if 20th anniversary show is a hit

Mad. Can't sleep because I'm too excited about of a show I've already done. This has never happened before. What do I do about this one ?

Right, bed. After two 4 a.m. Finishes in a row. TFi album now number one on i Tunes. »

- John Plunkett

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