Chris Evans is leaving The One Show after five years of presenting, so that he can focus on his new job as the host of BBC2’s Top Gear. His appointment followed Jeremy Clarkson’s controversial dismissal from the popular motoring show.
The Radio 2 breakfast show host co-presented BBC One’s primetime show every Friday with Alex Jones. Countryfile’s Matt Baker hosts with Jones on Monday-Thursdays. Evans will give more details about his departure during tonight’s show (19th June).
The motoring show will return to television screens in March next year with an all-new hosting team, after Clarkson’s co-hosts, James May and Richard Hammond, announced that they would also be leaving the show. May has however scored his own Sunday night motoring show on BBC Two, that will focus on the building of cars and vehicular science.
Earlier this week, Evans hinted that his co-host may be female, playing into the rumour that ex-model and motor enthusiast Jodie Kidd could be joining the Top Gear team.
Evans has signed a three-year deal to host Top Gear and will reportedly be holding auditions for potential co-hosts. The DJ has asked people to send in 30-second video clips explaining why they would be a good co-host, before 20th July.
Watch the trailer for the original Top Gear team’s final episode, below.