After just six episodes of the newly rebooted show, 'Top Gear' host Chris Evans has announced that he will be stepping down.
Evans tweeted on Monday to announce his departure from BBC's flagship motoring show. The tweet read: "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."
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
Evans was announced as the replacement for Jeremy Clarkson as the new 'Top Gear' host after Clarkson's contract was not renewed because he punched a producer, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show later added 'Friends' actor Matt LeBlanc in an attempt at broadening the show's international presence.
Since the rebooted series returned in May, the show has been hit with growing criticism and the ratings have been dramatically falling. The show hit a series low on Sunday night with an average of 1.9 million U.K. viewers.
The show also became the center of attention for tabloids publishing reports that Evans and LeBlanc were not working well together. 'The Telegraph' reported that LeBlanc was planning on leaving the show if Evans did not leave.
Director of BBC Studios, Mark Linsey stated, "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." Linsey also mentioned, "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."
Evans believes that leaving the show is not only best for him, but also for the show. He stated, "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."
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