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Chris Evans quits Top Gear! 'Sometimes your best shot is not enough'

Chris Evans
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Chris Evans has quit presenting Top Gear after just one series; Matt Le Blanc is favourite to take over the full hosting role

Chris Evans has quit presenting Top Gear after just one series at the helm of the BBC2 motoring show.

The 50-year-old presenter paid tribute to his production team as he revealed that he believed it was for the good of the show that he departed.

“I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 months,” says Evans.

“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.”

He added on Twitter that he’d given the show his “best shot but sometimes that’s not enough”.

Evans took over duties on the hugely popular hit following the departure of the show’s legendary presenting trio, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Yet, despite pulling off something of a coup in landing former Friends star Matt Le Blanc as his co-presenter, the new look Top Gear received a bumpy reception from fans and critics.

Ratings for what turned out to be his final show on Sunday dipped to below two million viewers.

Matt Le Blanc is likely to be the favourite to take over from Chris Evans as Top Gear’s new main presenter.


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