Top GEar Chris Evans Quits

Top Gear: Chris Evans Quits in Wake of Rumored Feud With Matt LeBlanc

Chris Evans has stepped down as a cohost of the BBC’s Top Gear, following weeks and weeks of rumors that there was friction between him and fellow presenter Matt LeBlanc.

As recently as late June, there was talk that LeBlanc had threatened to walk away from the motoring series himself, due to what sources called a “frosty” atmosphere among the presenters as well as Evans’ jealousy toward his castmates.

Evans and LeBlanc were part of a revamp for Season 23 of Top Gear, which opened with some of the series’ lowest ratings ever. Soon into shooting their debut cycle, there were reports of unprofessional on-set behavior by Evans, which acting BBC TV director Mark Linsey dismissed as “rubbish.”

Immediately after Evans tweeted word of his exit, BBC reps got to assuring that LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Rory Reid, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan would all return for the coming season, to air in 2017, while Evans would possibly not be replaced.

What did you think of the “new” Top Gear? Will Evans be missed?

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38 Comments
  1. iceturkee says:

    i watched first episode with low expectation. it wasn’t bad. but i did find evans to be loud and obnoxious!!

    • MARK hobbs says:

      Just like a kid amongst the adults trying to be like them.. but to hard. So we are down to “just 6 presenters which is more than enough. Let Rorry take the lead as his the best presenter?>.

  2. Wilma Viljoen says:

    Definitely not, he was without a doubt the weak link. So happy!

  3. Leigh says:

    You know, I don’t watch this show so when I read the headline I thought it was the Chris Evans that plays Captain America. I thought that may be him in the jumpsuit when I saw the picture. My bad.

  4. Terrible watched it once the spark as gone.have watched thousands of episodes or seems like that and loved every minute. Those 3 took me to a place of my dreams I miss them so much. It’s more than a car show it was my past my present and was hoping my future. My best wishes total respect go to those 3 who made the best car show in the world.xxx

  5. Paul says:

    Sorry but Evans just didn’t fit the show , was trying to be another clarkson , Matt and the rest will be better without his shouting all the time

  6. Steve Dranny says:

    Thee whole series has been diabolical from day 1. Chris Evans just not convincing with his arguments about viewing figures. I’d rather watch the re runs of the old crew on Dave.. BBC has lost any sense it had and now they’ve lost Clarksons crew for good.

  7. I think that a Top Gear with Rory, Sabine and Matt fronting it would work really well. I love Sabine, she’s fab and Rory was a breath of fresh air when they actually let him do something.

    Chris Evans was never a right fit for the show, and he is very obviously a person who does not like when something is not about him.

  8. wylma says:

    Good riddance.

  9. sharon says:

    Chris Evans was never going to fit into top gear. I found it hard to watch as he just seems to be loud and just shouts all the time. Good luck to the other presenters as i think they will work well together now the idiot has gone.

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  11. Mick says:

    Bring back the famous three clarkson,Hammond, may

  12. cuius says:

    Not helped that he’s, reportedly, the subject of a police investigation; which given the BBC’s recent record is the last thing they’d need

  13. Katrina says:

    Nigel Farage would be a hoot!

    • Sean Wroe says:

      U know . . . that’s not as daft as it might sound! Perhaps with Boris Johnsson as co-host? Boris, say what u like about his politics, he’s always had a knack for comedy, and is fairly knowledgable. Fits know-it-all role of either Clarkson or May. Then, I think, somebody like Idris Elba or Paul Hollywood to fill 3rd spot. But keep Sabine on, too. Other ‘surplus’ presenters can do without. Tho.

      • Mike M says:

        Boris Johnson & Donald Trump in the Season 24 reboot entitled… Top Hair! No wait – won’t work… they’d have to bring Evans back. Now all three – woweee… the beeb could call it “Redline”. Can’t they just bring Clarkie back for just ONE episode – so he can punch out a half dozen producers, sit down and eat a good steak, and remind us how Brexit doesn’t affect Amazon’s budget…

  14. Sarah says:

    Watched the marathon on BBC Canada this past weekend and my impression was that Chris Evans thinks he’s a lot funnier than he actually is, and Matt LeBlanc seemed to be having difficulty adapting to British humour (his delivery was stiff and slow… which is not really desirable for a show about going fast), though he did have a few good moments. I was impressed by Chris Harris, however – his piece at the Yas Marina was great! Sabine also had some difficulty with the written scripts, but that can be forgiven due to the language barrier. Eddie Jordan is insane, as always (which is what he’s meant to be, so it works). I don’t remember Rory at all (I watched 4 episodes… maybe he wasn’t in those?). Overall impression was the show wasn’t working at all without the big 3… can’t wait for their new show, though!!!

  15. Lala says:

    I was really skeptical of Matt at first but he is growing on me and doing quite well. Chris was too loud mouthed…thank goodness!

  16. Sean Wroe says:

    Matt le Blanc as one of new hosts, is what got me watching new series. When Chris Evans is good, he’s really good. I just thought he needed time to settle down, partly due to his clear exuberance of getting the job. Disppointed he’s going. But, while I think Le Blanc has been doing good, his comments about his co-worker seem unproffessional, at best, and seem mire than a little treacherous. It wud be uncomfortable watching Top Gear, now, with him still in it. He, really, has got to got too. Shame, all round. Cudda been real good.

  17. Ricky23 says:

    I didn’t think that Matt Le Blanc was that great either. He comes across very stiff – not sure his fleeting moments that are funny makes up for it to carry the show. Some of the other less know guys like Rory and Chris would probably be better, imho.

    And aren’t the low ratings – less than 2 million for last night episode the reason why he had to step down. The abuse claims probably don’t help either.

  18. James says:

    Bring in Tanner Foust.

  19. Margie says:

    First episode was dodgy, but subsequent episodes were better. Not a fan of Evans; like Le Blanc, Rory, Chris, Sabine. I enjoy the show much more now that I don’t have to listen to Jeremy’s insufferable ego and narcissism. I do miss James May, however, and will watch his other presentations.

  20. rapido de colorado says:

    im glad its cz of beef not because of rape accusations

  21. Chris Stack says:

    I saw the first top gear and had to turn over.
    I did start to watch it again after the 3rd show but chris evens just wasn’t right for the show which is a shame as i do like him in other shows he had done before but I’ve always said it will be hard for anyone to replace Clarkson, hammond and may as they were top gear.
    I’m hoping top gear still goes on as ive always been a big fan and wish the show all the best in 2017 when it comes back

  22. Caro says:

    Top Gear to me is Clarkson, Hammond and May. So Top Gear is no more. This show had the same name but it isn’t Top Gear, do I’m not watching a second of it!

  23. Joe says:

    Sorry, Matt, I usually like your articles, but while the alleged feud with LeBlanc may be one of the reasons. The reported reason should be that the ratings fell to a new low of 1.9m on Sunday.

  24. Fred Rosberg says:

    I must say the show is awful. I would rather watch old reruns of top gear. The hosts that are on the show are of merit that being said it’s the shows management that has let the show down by very poor casting. They are to blame for the shows poor reviews. Hope the second season fairs out in a positive way.

  25. Carl Hobson says:

    Matt Le Blanc has the right sense of humour for Top Gear and has an interest in motoring in the way that fans of the show like. Chris Evans is a great presenter for shows such as TFI Friday but TG is not that type of show, I feel the show will do better without Chris Evans and use Chris Harris as more of a Co host as he is a natural at reviewing cars as well as an experienced race driver so his opinions are perfectly valid.

  26. Bender says:

    It takes 6 people to do the job of 3, Evans should stick to radio

  27. Adam says:

    Bad .very bad
    I’ll never watch it as it’s just to fake.
    The whole team are bad at what thay do

  28. ninamags says:

    So who is the Stig this year??

    I have to admit the old line-up had the most harrowing, bat-crazy adventures all over the world.

    That will be unsurpassed, I’m afraid.

  29. BillyBobJohnson says:

    You know that the producers never wanted him on the show. I hope they fired the executive at The BBC who pushed Evans onto the producers.

  30. Wandering.fool says:

    Chris Evans was always a prat. I could not understand for one minute how the BBC thought he could fill Jeremy’s boots.

    Why do we put complete no hopers with the personality of an ashtray on TV – who makes these ludicrous decisions?