CHRIS Evans, who will replace Jeremy Clarkson as host of the BBC’s Top Gear, is not the first presenter to take over an established show - and nor is it the first time he has jumped into someone else’s hot seat.
Evans was famously handed the Radio 1 Breakfast Show in 1995 when the station was chasing a younger audience. And his own Channel 4 TV show TFI Friday was taken over by guest hosts after he jumped ship in 2000.
• Evans was also replaced as co-host of Channel Four’s Big Breakfast in 1994 when he quit after two years. Keith Chegwin, Johnny Vaughan and ex-Neighbours star Mark Little were among his replacements,
• The most celebrated host-swap took place on BBC 1’s Have I Got News For You in 2002 after comedian Angus Deayton was sacked following newspaper revelations of cocaine and sex sessions with a prostitute. The show has been hosted by guest presenters ever since.
• ITV’s X-Factor has worked its way through two hosts - Kate Thornton and Dermot O’Leary and will reappear this autumn with Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.
• The hosting roster of ITV’s classic entertainment show Sunday Night at the London Palladium reads like a showbusiness who’s who. Tommy Trinder, Jimmy Tarbuck, Norman Vaughan, Ted Rogers, Jim Dale and, most famously, Bruce Forsyth, are among those to have taken on the role.
• The ITV game show Family Fortunes also had a revolving door for hosts. When Bob Monkhouse defected to the BBC, Max Bygraves stepped in for two years, and Les Dennis followed.