Top Gear Wastes $700,000 on Canceled Trip to Kazakhstan

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Things just aren't clicking together for Chris Evans and his new team, with just a little over one month left until the show should debut on TV.
There have been a series of mishaps that did nothing to relieve the already immense pressure everyone involved in revamping the show is under, but there are contracts to be fulfilled and really big sums of money involved, so nobody can just call it quits and go home.

Well, apparently some can, as the show's executive producer (and friend of Chris Evans) Lisa Clark clearly proved when she left the boat late last year. The rest of the main figures - including actor Matt Le Blanc, famous YouTuber Chris Harris, and Nurburgring goddess Sabine Schmitz - however, seem determined to stay and do their best to guarantee the new show's success.

Sometimes, though, their best might not be enough. Three of the show's presenters - Rory Reid, Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz - together with a 40-odd strong crew were supposed to fly to Kazakhstan to film some footage for the BBC2 motoring show. Their flight path took them to Moscow, where a connecting flight was supposed to get them to Astana, the country's capital city.

Only plans didn't exactly fall into place as they were taken off the plane, together with the rest of the passengers. It appeared that the Russian airliner Aeroflot had a dispute with the country's officials and the latter decided to ban them from entering the country. So the team returned to the UK empty handed.

BBC wasn't in any way at fault here, but at the end of the day, that doesn't really matter: the harm is done, and the show is the one that's suffering with everyone else involved alongside it. Speaking on the topic, a BBC spokesperson told The Sun, “Through no fault of the Top Gear team, the airline carrying them was not permitted to fly from Moscow to Kazakhstan and so they returned to London. They intend to visit Kazakhstan in the future to shoot the planned film there. The BBC will be looking to recoup the cost of the flights.

It's estimated that the complete cost of the Kazakhstan trip rose to about $700,000, but BBC hasn't lost that money yet. It plans to resume its attempt of filming that Kazakhstan special on a later date and find a way to include it into the show. Earlier this year, the team performed “donuts” around the Cenotaph - a historical monument in London - which prompted Chris Evans to issue an apology.

In a way, it's actually a good thing there's not that much time left until the new Top Gear will begin its air time: who knows what else could happen? They should just get it rolling and adjust as they go - things tend to sort themselves out better when you do that.
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