Chris Evans has announced that he has decided to leave Top Gear after only one series at the helm.
Following mixed reviews of his first series in charge following Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s departure, he revealed on Twitter that it was time to quit.
Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) July 4, 2016
Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future.— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) July 4, 2016
It has yet to be revealed whether any of Chris’s co-presenters including Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid will return or not, or even whether Top Gear will be back for a second series.
The BBC said: “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.”
Evans elaborated: “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.”
Top Gear has struggled in the overnight TV ratings this series, especially when going up against Euro 2016 matches.