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?