After weeks of falling viewing figures and the raising popularity of co-host Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans has stepped down as the main man of the BBC’s revamped Top Gear. On 16th June 2015, Evans announced he had signed a 3 year deal to present the motoring show, but after only 1 year and 1 disappointing series, the 50 year old has left his post. Behind the scenes, there have been many rumours of fall outs between Evans and LeBlanc, and with viewing figures slipping way under the amount of the Clarkson and co days, many fans are considering Evans’ departure good news. The BBC have since confirmed that the show will continue without replacing Evans, lifting LeBlanc to head presenter.
After his departure, Chris Evans went to say, “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last twelve months. I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause. I remain a huge fan of the show, always have been, always will be. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses.”
Only time will tell if the new Top Gear will ever be as successful as the Clarkson, Hammond and May days, and with ‘The Grand Tour’ starting very soon, it looks like unsure times ahead for the BBC. Below is how the BBC announced the story;
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Source – http://www.topgear.com/car-news/top-gear-tv/statement-chris-evans – 05/07/2016