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BBC's hit car show 'Top Gear' to return with new host

Media flock around radio and TV personality, Chris Evans as he leaves the BBC Radio studios in London, Wednesday June 17, 2015, driving his vintage Aston Martin car, after he was announced as the new Top Gear presenter.  The BBC TV company says its top automotive TV show "Top Gear" will return to the airwaves with Chris Evans as the new host, replacing scandal-tainted Jeremy Clarkson, who was sacked for punching one of the show's producers. (John Stillwell  / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

Media flock around radio and TV personality, Chris Evans as he leaves the BBC Radio studios in London, Wednesday June 17, 2015, driving his vintage Aston Martin car, after he was announced as the new Top Gear presenter. The BBC TV company says its top automotive TV show "Top Gear" will return to the airwaves with Chris Evans as the new host, replacing scandal-tainted Jeremy Clarkson, who was sacked for punching one of the show's producers. (John Stillwell / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

The BBC says its hit automotive TV show "Top Gear" will return to the airwaves with a new host replacing scandal-tainted Jeremy Clarkson.

The broadcaster says radio and TV personality Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead a new lineup for the show, which has won a huge following with its mix of car tips, driving stunts and jokey banter.

Clarkson was fired in March after he punched a producer during an off-set altercation. The show's two other hosts also left.

The incident threatened the future of one of BBC's most popular shows — and biggest international earners. Clarkson's brash, blokey persona was a large part of "Top Gear's" appeal to fans.

Evans said Tuesday he was thrilled to be hosting "my favorite program of all time."