Chris Evans has announced his departure from Top Gear in a Tweet, saying he gave it the best shot but it was not enough. The newly revamped show just completed its ‘first’ season last night, essentially Season 23. Evans has been the center of criticisms on the new show, whose ratings dropped drastically. Till now, he was the main host on the show, presenting alongside Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan.

The new show has suffered from low ratings week after week, starting with a high of 8 million plus viewers in the first episode before falling gradually to 1.9 million viewers last night. That was only 8.6% of the available viewers, and an 800,000 drop from the previous episode which had 2.7 million viewers.

Evans also spoke to the BBC after his announcement, adding, “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 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.”

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  1. The remaining team are all very capable ‘car people’

    but for a show, a car show such as this, to work it needs presenters that appeal to the masses – both car and those marginally interested in cars – otherwise it will crater

    The remaining team are all so very ‘car focused’/ ‘car people’ that they are quite boring

    Chris Harris for example ( the best of the remaining bunch ) is not exactly funny or entertaining when doing his car reviews. The reviews his done are good but to a marginal car person they tune off in seconds ……..

    This shows presenters need to be more rounded – car lovers, good drivers, entertainers and be able to do other things related with cars that make ordinary/car lovers think ‘oh wow didn’t think to do that with that type of car’ and smile. To laugh and smile key (that the remaining team 100% lack) – ewan mcgregor would be good as an example but he is bike guy!


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