Following the series finale, Chris Evans has announced that he’s stepping down as the host of Top Gear
After a rocky start hosting the recently refreshed Top Gear, lead host Chris Evans has stepped down from the role. The latest series finished on a ratings low this Sunday, and after falling numbers throughout the new series, Evans made the announcement.
In his usual fashion, Evans made his move on Twitter: ‘Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough. I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause.’
In the latest season, Evans hosted alongside five other presenters: Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan. It is though that these presenters will remain for the next series – set to start filming in September – although it is not known whether or not Evans will be replaced.
Chris Evans joined the show last year, following the infamous ‘Fracas’ between previous Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and a producer on the show. This incident, the final in a number of incidents for Clarkson at the BBC, resulted in the much-loved presenter’s dismissal.
Co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond followed Clarkson, stating that the show wouldn’t ever be the same if they were split up. The three are currently filming a new series for the Amazon Prime digital streaming service, called The Grand Tour.