TV Presenter Chris Evans has quit hit programme Top Gear after just one series with the show. The 50 year old posted on twitter: “Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.”
Evans became one of a team of presenters that took over the revamped version of the show following the departure of popular trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May back in 2015.
The new team for series 23 featured Evans and co-presenters Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz and Rory Reid, but despite the BBC’s best efforts the show failed to gain the popularity of previous seasons. This became particularly evident when the viewing figures plummeted to a record low of 1.9 million for the final episode of the series; a disastrous fall compared to the 6.9 million views of the previous series finale.
In an official statement Evans said: “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 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.”
During the tenure of presenter Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear became the most watched television series in the world and anyone attempting to fill Clarkson’s shoes seemed almost destined to fail. There were also many rumours about a possible rift between Evans and co-host LeBlanc although this has since been denied by both parties.
Things can seemingly only get worse for Top Gear when Clarkson, Hammond and May launch their new show ‘The World Tour’ on Amazon Prime this fall. There is already growing speculation as to who will replace Evans however it has been confirmed that Matt LeBlanc is currently in talks with the BBC regarding staying for a second year.