There have been a lot of rumors about the fate of Chris Evans and Matt Leblanc on the rebooted Top Gear UK show. The first few episodes of the show have been met with a mixed criticism. Most of the negative feedback landed on Evans, while the rest of the team: Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid have been well received.
Chris Evans released the following statement today:
I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last twelve months. I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause. I remain a huge fan of the show, always have been, always will be. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses.
Here is the BBC statement on the matter from Studio Director, Mark Linsey:
Chris is stepping down from his duties on Top Gear. He says he gave it his best shot doing everything he could to make the show a success. He firmly believes that the right people remain, on both the production team and presenting team to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be. The new series has so far notched up over 30m views in the UK alone and has already been sold to 130 territories worldwide.
While this move should make many fans of Top Gear UK happier, where does the show go from here? Should Rory Reid and/or Chris Harris join LeBlanc as featured presenters? Should somebody else be brought in to fill the spot? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
Here is Nathan’s take on the topic of Top Gear.