U.S. Top Gear Scoop! Dan Neil Released From NBC Contract

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
u s top gear scoop dan neil released from nbc contract

So, radio funny guy Adam Carolla let the world know that he's one of the presenters of the new American Top Gear. And we can now, finally, confirm the rumor that drift king Tanner Faust is the Tiff Needel of the team. But the big news here is that NBC execs pulled L.A. Times auto writer Dan Neil from the U.S. show after a viewing his audition tape– despite a signed contract with the Pulitzer prize-winning critic. Neil says he's "very disappointed" with the network's decision, but understands their motivation. "They couldn't handle my heat," he joked. "Seriously. It's probably because I'm not very good on TV." The clock is ticking on finding Neil's replacement. Anyone heard anything?

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  • HEATHROI HEATHROI on Apr 10, 2008

    I don't know much about Adam Carolla other than his rubbish late night TV show, which was even lamer and moronic than other night TV 'comics' (Daily Show and Colbert excepted of course) there is already a model for USTG and that is the phallus slurping Car and Driver TV where every car ummm 'tested' has a Happy Ending. Funny, Tommy Kendall was on that show too. Mr Villeneurve would be a better option frankly as the popularity of TTAC shows some car outfits deserve to be pissed off. (Im looking at you, GM with your dumbarse pontiac G6 fliptop) But there is an alternative especially to grainy youtube clips - Bittorrents.

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Apr 10, 2008

    Carolla is a funny guy, but what cred does he have? They really need someone with a degree or something. A driver? A mechanic? Something.

  • Raymond Hieber Raymond Hieber on Apr 10, 2008
    The only way an American Top Gear could possibly be better is if it aired somewhere like HBO where the freedom exists to say what they want. I wonder if PBS wouldn't be a good home for it. They have British stuff on PBS a lot, too. PBS is closer to BBC because of the Federal funding. Brings in more funds during pledge drives from a differnt demographic, too. Win-Win.

  • JJ JJ on Apr 11, 2008

    They could give the show some credibility by employing "The Stigs American cousin" as the US stig. Some say that he's a CIA experiment that went wrong... and that he only eats cheese. All we know is he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's American cousin. Big Stig!