'Top Gear' Host Chris Evans Resigns Amid Matt LeBlanc Feud, Sexual Assault Allegations
"Top Gear" has lost a presenter after Chris Evans announced that he will be resigning from the show.
Evans tweeted that he will be stepping down from the BBC program, adding that he gave it his best shot and it seems it wasn't enough.
Chis Evans also shared that he thinks that his move to step down and stand aside will be the best thing that he can do to help the show.
It is inevitable for viewers and critics to observe that his resignation came after the ratings for the declined. In fact, the show hit bottom on its latest Sunday episode, getting a rating of only 1.9 million viewers.
It is reported that the other remaining presenters, namely, Rory Reid, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz will all return for the next season. The next batch will start filming in September.
It was publicized that Evans decided to leave "Top Gear" based on his own decision. This is because he thought that he was not fit for the programme.
Looking back, Evans only joined the show in June 2016 after presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May left, Hollywood Reporter shared.
Clarkson left the show after punching a producer. Evans was later joined by actor Matt LeBlanc, which was seen as a tactical move to attract international viewers.
His resignation also came the same day that news came about Evans being investigated by police over an alleged sexual assault case. The case was filed by a woman and the incident allegedly occurred long ago in the 90's.
Since "Top Gear" started showing in May, the show has been target of criticism. Also, tabloids have been publishing reports that LeBlanc and Evans do not get along.
There were claims that LeBlanc had threatened to quit the show if Evans did not resign first. Eventually, the show announced that it will be coming back without Evans.
However, producers did not say if he will have a successor. Mark Linsey, director of BBC Studios, said that Chris gave his best shot in making the show a success, BBC reported.