Chris Evans is stepping down as Top Gear host and RadioTimes.com can confirm that the BBC aren’t looking for a new presenter to fill his yellow t-shirt shoes.
Instead we’re set to see the remaining line-up – petrolhead Matt LeBlanc, racing driver Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris, F1 pundit Eddie Jordan, motoring journalist Rory Reid and (of course) The Stig – continue without him. Contracts, we’re told, are in the process of being ironed out.
Evans says his stepping aside is “the single best thing I can now do to help the cause”, saying he gave the show his “best shot”.
As his main co-host, it feels like this decision not to replace Evans will steer the show to being much more the ‘LeBlanc show’, which is bound to go down well with viewers who’ve quickly warmed to the initially surprising former Friend. Evans himself has had the brunt of the complaints since taking over from Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Reid and Harris’s involvement has already been bumped up, so we expect that to continue. Schmitz has charmed fans quickly and there’s already a fun bit of banter developing between LeBlanc and Jordan, which will be good to develop.
An air date for Top Gear’s return has yet to be set.