Resignations are the flavour of the month, both in Westminster and the Top Gear studio. Today, overshadowing Nigel Farage’s departure from UKIP, was the news that Chris Evans has QUIT the infamous car show.
After just one series at the helm, Evans announced that he wouldn’t be returning in the future. In a press statement, he announced his resignation, saying in regards to Top Gear he’s “never worked with such a committed and driven team”, but “my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help”. BBC News have also said they believe Evans’ decision to quit was his alone, having broke the news to producers last week. He apparently claimed he was not a good fit for the program.
His resignation comes after the first series wrapped up last weekend to extremely mixed reviews; though the majority of critics were agreed on the fact Chris Evans was not suited to a lead role, previously held by Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson was fired from the show after twenty years presenting it, due to assaulting a colleague while filming the 2015 series of the show. His co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, left the show with him, and their new series, The Grand Tour, is expected to appear on Amazon Prime in the coming months.
It is understood that Evans’ co-hosts, led by Matt Le Blanc, will all remain with the show, with the second revamped series due to film this September. Le Blanc has been widely acclaimed for his presenting style, unlike Evans, and there was even rumours that Le Blanc had threatened to quit the show himself, if Evans didn’t leave.
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