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Chris Evans Calls It Quits As Top Gear Host

In what has been labelled a disastrous start to the Top Gear revamp, lead host Chris Evans has called it quits after just one series.

The British broadcaster failed to sway a global audience with mixed to negative reviews after taking over the reigns from the Jeremy Clarkson. Add to this the endless rumours of friction between American co-host Matt LeBlanc and plummeting ratings week-on-week and the show’s demise appeared to be inevitable.

On his personal Twitter account, Evans today wrote:

“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.”

Evans took over from Jeremy Clarkson after his high-profile fallout between the BBC production studio which involved physical abuse on set.

50-year-old Evans was eventually lured from radio land in the hopes of bringing the same charisma to the show for a reported £5 million contract over three years. It’s likely he won’t be seeing much of that deal after the show hit an all-time ratings low of just 1.9 million in the series finale.

In comparison, Top Gear at its peak under the supervision of Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond pulled in 350 million viewers per week in 170 countries.

This may not be the end of Top Gear just yet though as the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, pulls in AU$100 million a year from the show.

There’s reports that Matt LeBlanc is currently in talks with the network for a second series.

[via ABC]

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