Chris Evans’ stint as the new host of Top Gear is over after just one season.
Evans and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc were hired to replace Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on the popular motoring program, but their short stint together was marked by increasingly poor ratings and reports of tension on the set.
“Stepping down from Top Gear,” Evans tweeted. “Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.”
Evans later followed that tweet up with a formal statement,.
“I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last twelve months,” he wrote. “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.”
Evans’ resignation comes before The Grand Tour, the rival motoring show created by Clarkson, Hammond and May, has even aired an episode.
At this stage, no announcement has been made about whether the rest of the new Top Gear team — including LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Rory Reid — will remain with the show, which airs on BBC Knowledge in Australia.
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