Chris Evans steps down as Top Gear host after just one series

“Stepping down from Top Gear,” he said on Twitter. “Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.” Evans and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc took over as co-hosts of the global hit show after Jeremy Clarkson was dropped by the BBC because […]

“Stepping down from Top Gear,” he said on Twitter. “Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.”

Evans and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc took over as co-hosts of the global hit show after Jeremy Clarkson was dropped by the BBC because he hit and verbally abused a producer last year.

The first show with the new line-up launched with 4.4 million viewers in May, but the revamped programme received lukewarm reviews from critics and viewers, and the audience dwindled to 1.9 million.

There have also been reports of a rift between Evans and LeBlanc.

Evans had signed a three-year deal to present the world’s most popular factual TV programme.

Evans is a well-known motoring enthusiast who has an impressive collection of expensive fast cars, including rare Ferraris.

Top Gear, filled with stunts, road tests, adventures and experiments, has featured his car collection in a previous series.

Evans rocketed to fame as a fresh-faced television host in the early 1990s, but went off the rails in an orgy of heavy drinking in the dying days of the Britpop era.

But he made a comeback as an older, wiser and safer broadcaster, and is also a DJ on BBC Radio 2.

The BBC earns around Dh244 million a year from Top Gear.

The BBC is reported to be in talks with LeBlanc for a second series.

*Reuters and Agence France-Presse

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