Newly-appointed Top Gear presenter Chris Evans is meeting with show bosses today to get to work - as he revealed Jeremy Clarkson was among the first to congratulate him on getting the job.
Evans told his listeners on his BBC Radio 2 show he was only offered the job last Thursday afternoon when presenters Richard Hammond and James May finally ruled themselves out of returning to the programme.
He said he immediately texted the three presenters, Clarkson, May and Hammond, to tell them he had been offered the job and accepted it, and they lined up to congratulate him.
Evans told his listeners Clarkson said "I knew you would and best of luck" while he revealed he also got Hammond's seal of approval.
Jeremy Clarkson has claimed he was offered a return to Top Gear but had to turn it down as "too much has gone on" since he left the show.
Chris Evans said anyone from around the world was welcome to apply as long as they knew about cars.
Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to be the new host of Top Gear, the BBC has said.