"Top Gear" Season 23 has opened to a rough start in terms of audience feedback, but the BBC show is moving headstrong towards episode 2. The new episode will see the involvement of musicians Sharleen Spiteri, Seasick Steve and Tinie Tempah's participation along with Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Jordan.
According to the Guardian, 370 people who attended the taping of "Top Gear" have complained about the show, especially regarding the new format. They also found that Evans' jokes about his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson was also in bad taste. It is understood that "Top Gear" was rated as the worst of the week of BBC 2.
However, BBC has come defending "Top Gear," saying all the audience members were happy, despite the alleged leaked feedback reported by the Daily Telegraph.
"It's well known that Top Gear isn't a live programme and that the show is edited after filming, but last week's episode was edited in exactly the same way as previous series," the Guardian reported a "Top Gear" spokesperson as saying. Evans also has defended his show very fiercely on social media:
Top Gear audience grew throughout the hour. FACT. Won its slot. FACT. Still number one on i Player. FACT. These are THE FACTS folks.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) May 30, 2016
The upcoming Season 23 episode 2, meanwhile, will see Evans, LeBlanc and Jordan trying to find out which is the best sporting SUV to take an A-list musician to the highest pub in Africa: Jaguar's new F-Pace, the Porsche Macan or the Mercedes-Benz GLC? Helping the trio will be the A-list musicians Steve, Tempah and Spiteri.
Watch Season 23 episode 2 of "Top Gear" on Sunday, June 5. You can watch it via BBC Two channel or live stream it using iPlayer.