Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Chris Evans Out as Host of Top Gear
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Chris Evans Out as Host of Top Gear

Host steps down amid rumors and controversy

Stefan Ogbac
Jul 5, 2016

It's official, Chris Evans has stepped down as host of "Top Gear." Evans took to Twitter to announce his departure from the show, stating that he gave it his best but that sometimes the best isn't enough. He continued by saying that the team is "beyond brilliant" and that he wished them all well. It isn't known yet who will replace Evans on "Top Gear."

Last week, rumors of drama surfaced, with the British outlet The Telegraph reporting that Matt LeBlanc, Evans' co-host, was threatening to quit the show if Evans didn't go first. There were also reports from sources close to the show that Evans was rude on set and frustrating to work with. Since the departure of the original trio of hosts, the new season of "Top Gear" has been hit by multiple scandals and controversies, including the resignation of the show's executive producer, Lisa Clark, who claimed that Evans was "tyrannical."

Chris Evans Twitter Top Gear Photo 2/2   |   Chris Evans Twitter Top Gear

Looming above all of this are numerous reports that Evans is under renewed scrutiny about claims of sexual harassment dating back to the 1990s. It isn't clear to what degree this motivated Evans to leave the show, but it may have been the straw that broke the camel's back on an overall tenuous tenure as lead presenter.

Ever since the new season launched, the number of people watching "Top Gear" has dropped. One of the more recent episodes only received 2.34 million views, which was lower than the previous lowest record of 2.36 million in June 2003. In addition to the alleged issues between Evans and LeBlanc, other hosts weren't thrilled with his leadership either.

In a statement, BBC director Mark Linsey said, "Chris is stepping down from his duties on Top Gear. He says he gave it his best shot doing everything he could to make the show a success. He firmly believes that the right people remain, on both the production team and presenting team to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be. The new series has so far notched up over 30m views in the UK alone and has already been sold to 130 territories worldwide."

We'll update this story as we hear more.

Source: Twitter

By Stefan Ogbac
85 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Is this how the Cayman GT4 should have come from the factory?
Michael FebboApr 27, 2017
It's an alarming revelation but it seems that drifting is losing popularity among young people in Japan.
Sam DuApr 26, 2017
There's more than one way to import the car of your dreams—but only one of those methods is really all that doable.
Aaron BonkApr 26, 2017
To celebrate the opening of Aston Martin's new St. Athan production facility, the automaker turned its vehicular archives over to three cheeky drivers.
Conner GoldenApr 26, 2017
Australian pro drifter Levi Clarke finds his way behind the wheel of a JZX100 for the Car Modify Wonder Super Live event in Japan
Jofel TolosaApr 25, 2017
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP