New presenter Chris Evans announces that series is back on the BBC schedule

By Kelly Connolly
Updated November 30, 2015 at 01:43 PM EST
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Top Gear‘s extended pit stop is officially coming to an end next spring: The series is set for a May 8 return to the BBC, new presenter Chris Evans announced on Saturday.

Evans (not to be confused with the Evans whose Captain America is currently locked in a civil war with Iron Man) told Saturday Kitchen host James Martin that the new season will consist of 16 episodes, the first of which will air the Sunday after their May 5 wrap date.

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Evans said nothing about his co-presenters but did reveal that the series will be “going to America to make [its] first inter-continental in January.”

Top Gear has been in flux since previous host Jeremy Clarkson was let go from his contract following a “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon. Clarkson’s co-presenters, James May and Richard Hammond, turned down offers to return without him. All three have since teamed up for a new series set to air on Amazon Prime.

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