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      06-16-2008, 11:19 AM   #1
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Top Gear USA hosts announced!

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/16/t...sts-announced/

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Top Gear has just officially announced who will be hosting the U.S. version of the popular car show born in the UK, and the winners are... (drum roll, please): Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer. Everyone knows Adam Carolla, of course, having watched him hit the big time hosting The Man Show with Jimmy Kimmel. He now hosts his own nationally-syndicated radio show called "The Adam Carolla Show". Tanner Foust brings some actual professional driving cred to the show with a resume that includes stunt driving in "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "The Dukes of Hazard". He's also a winning rally driver, has medaled in the 2007 X-Games and hosted "Supercars Exposed" on the SPEED Channel. Eric Stomer was the last to be cast and when you see him, you'll probably say "I know that guy." He's hosted an HGTV show called "Over Your Head", was a former soap-opera actor and spent a lot of time in construction (and on construction-related TV shows). Guess we'll pick him to win the amphibious vehicle challenges. We surmise that producers may have picked Stromer because he's a hunk of man meat, but also because he can bring in a big female audience from his time spent on HGTV.

The press release after the jump also reveals what each host drives, and as you would imagine, Carolla (who will now be referred to as Jezza Jr.) sports a garage full of Lamborghinis, Maseratis, two Ferraris and an Audi S4. Foust makes do with a simple, tricked out BMW M3. Stromer... a Camry Hybrid. Something tells us Stromer better come equipped with a thick skin. So what do you think? Does Top Gear USA now appear better suited for success or does the show have Bucket of Fail written all over it?
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      06-16-2008, 12:21 PM   #2
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      06-16-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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Humm, I like Carolla, Stromer has been a regular guest on Carolla's show and they play well together, Joel McHale from the soup would have been better...and he likes cars. Tanner is annoying on his Supercars show on speed, but at least he can drive.....this on could go either way but it will never be as good as the orig.
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They should have Jay Leno on there.
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      06-16-2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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Humm, I like Carolla, Stromer has been a regular guest on Carolla's show and they play well together, Joel McHale from the soup would have been better...and he likes cars. Tanner is annoying on his Supercars show on speed, but at least he can drive.....this on could go either way but it will never be as good as the orig.
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      06-16-2008, 12:55 PM   #7
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Wow..Adam Carolla...such a severe Epic Failure it might even be FTW.
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      06-16-2008, 01:25 PM   #8
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Actually the casting of Tanner Foust is not a bad move, he's a good host but kind of plain vanilla (replete of the witticism of the original Top Gear hosts) though, kind of like Tommy Kendall. I still have not warmed up to Carolla though, don't think I'll ever will. I don't know much about Eric Stromer to give an opinion...
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+1 for fail

I won't be watching. I'll be watching Top Gear on my DVR from BBCA.
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They should have Jay Leno on there.
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      06-16-2008, 01:44 PM   #12
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After hearing about this and looking forward to it for this long, that's all they can deliver host-wise?

Wow...what an epic disapointment...guess I'll just keep watching BBC
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They should have Jay Leno on there.

He's a smart man, knows not to f' up Top Gear...

Thankfully Leno turned down the offer, not because he's unworthy, but rather because he knows he couldn't do the show justice and because the idea of an American Top Gear is doomed from the start. Being part of the BBC, the original version is not reliant on advertising to stay on the air, so talking smack about a particular automaker and its wares is no biggie. As Leno notes, things work differently at NBC and any episode in which a sponsor gets lambasted would immediately be followed by what The Tonight Show host calls, "the meeting". And then, bye bye sponsors and bye bye show.


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I had heard about Adam hosting the American Top Gear a couple months ago on Rennteam.com.

This could go either way. Adam can be funny and he's gonig to try to play the Clarkson role (who isn't a car guy either - as he puts it - he's a journalist by trade who happens to have the best job in the world).
Tanner could play the hamster role well.

In the end, I think Leno is correct. Adam is going to pi$$ off a sponsor and that'll be the end of it. I'm sure car companies are going to want to sponsor the show and he's going to get into trouble if he makes fun of them or says something off color.

They should just show full episodes of the original Top Gear here. We used to have it On Demand on Comcast, but it's not listed anymore.
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i think it will be like knight rider
most people will watch the first episode for kicks then ditch it
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Actually the casting of Tanner Foust is not a bad move, he's a good host but kind of plain vanilla (replete of the witticism of the original Top Gear hosts) though, kind of like Tommy Kendall. I still have not warmed up to Carolla though, don't think I'll ever will. I don't know much about Eric Stromer to give an opinion...
I don't like him at all! I saw a few of his shows on the speed channel and he is awfully boring. He tried out for the Subaru WRT too and failed miserably

but i'm not judging him on that (yes i am as a scooby fanatic). He is still pretty boring though. It sounds like the sponsors shove words down his throat and it just pops out of him like it's natural.

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I had heard about Adam hosting the American Top Gear a couple months ago on Rennteam.com.

This could go either way. Adam can be funny and he's gonig to try to play the Clarkson role (who isn't a car guy either - as he puts it - he's a journalist by trade who happens to have the best job in the world).
Tanner could play the hamster role well.

In the end, I think Leno is correct. Adam is going to pi$$ off a sponsor and that'll be the end of it. I'm sure car companies are going to want to sponsor the show and he's going to get into trouble if he makes fun of them or says something off color.

They should just show full episodes of the original Top Gear here. We used to have it On Demand on Comcast, but it's not listed anymore.
Adam is a big car nut and i respect him for voicing his opinion on everything. HOpefully he can be 50% of what JC is in the UK. Original top gear ftmfw though. I predict a massive failure, but I'll watch a few episodes before judging them completely
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I think the hosts may be the least thing to hurt the show. I'm more worried about the scripts and video footage.

As long as they keep most of it on par with the real TG, it should at least be a decent show. Something worth watching.

As for the host, how do they par up?

Adam Corolla = Capt'n Slow
Tanner Foust = Jeremy
Eric Stromer = Hampster

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I like the BBC version. I'll just stick with that... Jeremy is my guy
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well its not bad... but of course u cant compare wif Jeremy
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I would guess an Andretti, but we already know the Stig has an american cousin
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