Step aside new X Factor judges, Chris Evans was the talk of Twitter as he was revealed as the new Top Gear host.
The announcement caused a buzz on social media, with many in support of the Warrington-born presenter joining BBC Two’s motoring programme.
And famous faces including Piers Morgan, Lord Sugar, Gary Lineker and Robbie Savage all joined in the discussion.
Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party John Prescot joked: “Seeing as the Tpo Gear hob has gone to Chris Evans I suppose I’ll have to settle for replacing Foo Fighters at Glastonbury.
Gary Lineker wrote: “Congratulations @achrisevans on being the #TopGear host. And to the BBC on a great appointment. One of the finest broadcasters of our time.”
Robbie Savage said: “Love that @achrisevans is going to be new presenter of top gear , anyone who loves cars more than me good luck mate.”
Today Radio 2 DJ Chris tweeted his 1.87 million followers and said: “Morning Wednesday. Had a dream last night that . . . Oh no, hang on.”
Chris, 49, has signed a three-year deal to replace Jeremy Clarkson and host the show with an all new-line up.
He wrote on Twitter: “First tweet as new Top Gear host. I would like to say Jeremy, Richard & James are the greatest. And NO I’m not leaving the R2 Breakfast Show.”
He said: “I’m thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time.”
As Chris, 49, celebrated his new job with a Guinness last night, some including Lord Alan Sugar said he had some big shoes to fill.
He wrote: “Looks like Chris Evans has signed a deal to present Top Gear .. @JeremyClarkson hard act to follow.”
Piers Morgan couldn’t resist making the news all about him and wrote: “I was too expensive, sadly. #TopGear” to which Lord Sugar replied: “You know as much about cars as you do about football.”
Television host Piers, the former editor of the Daily Mirror, responded: “I know I drive faster ones than you.”
The Top Gear special on June 28 will be the last outing for Richard Hammond and James May as well as Clarkson, who was sacked in March for punching producer Oisin Tymon.
Chris, who is originally from Padgate, had previously said he would never replace Jeremy Clarkson as Top Gear presenter, but downgraded it to ‘never say never’ during the recent TFI broadcast.
But the star, who took over Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 show in 2009 and has increased the audience to 10 million, toasted his job U-turn yesterday at a pub in North London.
Radio presenter Dermot O’Leary and model-turned TV presenter Jodie Kidd are among the favourites to appear on screen with Chris, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.