Top Gear return faces backlash from fans on Twitter

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    The show is making a return to BBC Two on March 5 this year.

    However Top Gear‘s 2017 comeback has been met with huge backlash from fans – after the rebooted series, which featured a brand new line-up, received flat reviews last year.

    Viewers took to Twitter on Tuesday to vent their frustration over the car series’ return, with many claiming the show is ‘over’ and has no hope of success following the failed 2016 series, starring Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans.

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    Not happy: Top Gear’s 2017 comeback has been met with huge backlash from fans on Twitter – after the rebooted series received flat reviews last year

    The show was given a revamp in May last year, when host Jeremy Clarkson’s contract was not renewed – causing his popular co-stars Richard Hammond and James May to quit. 

    Matt and Chris were then drafted in as the new front men, but the show suffered a huge drop in ratings – causing Evans, 50, to quit after one series.

    However, the Friends actor is making a return to the 2017 edition of the show, alongside motoring journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid – although many fans have been left questioning why it has been brought back at all.

    Confused: Many fans have been left questioning why the show has been brought back at all, claiming it is 'dead' and that the 'BBC need to accept that its over' 

    Confused: Many fans have been left questioning why the show has been brought back at all, claiming it is ‘dead’ and that the ‘BBC need to accept that its over’ 

    One fan wrote angrily on Twitter: ‘Top Gear is over!! #BBC needs to accept that!’ while another questioned in agreement: ‘How is this [show] still a thing?’

    Meanwhile a third disappointed fan added bluntly: ‘@BBCTopGear is dead’ before referring to the original hosting trio’s new car show on Amazon Video: ‘Grand Tour is killing it.’

    Yet, many other fans expressed hope that the new version of the beloved car series will find its feet once again without Chris, who was met with negative reviews last series, as presenter.

    Hopeful: However, other fans expressed hope that the new series will find its feet once again without Chris, who was met with negative reviews last series, as presenter

    Hopeful: However, other fans expressed hope that the new series will find its feet once again without Chris, who was met with negative reviews last series, as presenter

    One commented that the first series ‘wasn’t bad’ and that without Radio 2 presenter Chris he is ‘expecting this round to be better.’ 

    Others mirrored his sentiment, writing: ‘The team looks loads better and I imagine the format may change for the better too. Much more excitement this time!’ while another confirmed they will be ‘tuning in’.  

    On Monday, bosses of the BBC Two show unveiled the first promo shot of the new series on Twitter. 

    The main image shows returning star Matt beaming as he’s flanked by co-hosts Chris and Rory while standing among a collection of luxury cars.

    In the driver's seat: Matt LeBlanc poses with his co-hosts (l-r) Chris Harris and Rory Reid, as well as The Stig (background, left), in the first promo shot for the new season of Top Gea

    In the driver’s seat: Matt LeBlanc poses with his co-hosts (l-r) Chris Harris and Rory Reid, as well as The Stig (background, left), in the first promo shot for the new season of Top Gea

    With a space shuttle taking off in the background and a helicopter hovering overhead in the cloudy skies, the dramatic shot notably excludes Chris Evans, who quit the show after one series.

    Radio presenter Chris made his departure following plummeting ratings and poor reviews, saying he gave it his best shot but it was ‘not enough’.

    Following his resignation, Chris said Matt was the ‘captain’ that the programme needed going forward and should remain on the show, dismissing reports that the pair’s relationship had broken down amid flagging audience figures.

    The first trailer for the latest series was released earlier in February and featured an array of supercars and extraordinary vehicles, from the Aston Martin DB11 to the Ferrari FXX K, to the Russian eight-wheeled Avtoros Shaman. 

    In the 90-second teaser for the series, the former Friends star rescued a group of naked ramblers on the Isle of Man in his enormous Avtoros Shaman.

    In one shot, a tuxedoed Matt was seen getting cornered by police in Montenegro while another showed him, Chris Harris and Rory Reid enduring an awkward BBC car insurance interview interwoven with clips from the new series.

    Not returning: The new lineup replaces Chis Evans, who was a part of the show last year

    Not returning: The new lineup replaces Chis Evans, who was a part of the show last year

    Ratings woes: Embattled Chris quit the show after just one season amid plummeting ratings

    Ratings woes: Embattled Chris quit the show after just one season amid plummeting ratings

    They were quizzed by a strict risk assessor on prior motoring convictions, whether they would participate in competitive driving, and if they required fire cover. 

    Responding to the final question, Matt told the interviewer ‘no fire’ before The Stig made a timely entrance with a small flame burning his sleeve.

    Meanwhile, Reid was seen crashing his taxi in Kazakhstan and Harris drifted the Ferrari FXX K in Daytona, Florida.

    The £2million track-only hyper hybrid car will go from 0-62mph in under three seconds, topping out at 217mph – so it’s safe to say there’s some content for serious petrol heads.

    The new season of Top Gear starts on Sunday March 5 at 8pm on BBC Two. 

    Rescue attempt: In the new season's recently unveiled trailer, Matt was seen rescuing a group of naked ramblers on the Isle of Man 

    Rescue attempt: In the new season’s recently unveiled trailer, Matt was seen rescuing a group of naked ramblers on the Isle of Man 

    Awkward: Matt, Chris and Rory also endured an awkward BBC car insurance interview

    Awkward: Matt, Chris and Rory also endured an awkward BBC car insurance interview

    Tough going: The trio faced a tough interview in the trailer, which was unveiled this month

    Tough going: The trio faced a tough interview in the trailer, which was unveiled this month

    Italian stallion: The trailer also featured the futuristic £2million track-only hyper hybrid car from Ferrari, the FXX K

    Italian stallion: The trailer also featured the futuristic £2million track-only hyper hybrid car from Ferrari, the FXX K

    British engineering: The Aston Martin DB11 also made an appearance in the action-packed clip

    British engineering: The Aston Martin DB11 also made an appearance in the action-packed clip

    In for a treat: The new season of the show is scheduled to kick off on March 5 on BBC Two

    In for a treat: The new season of the show is scheduled to kick off on March 5 on BBC Two

     

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