Chris Evans has stepped down as a presenter of Top Gear.
The radio pressenter broke the news on Twitter this evening.
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
He quickly followed the news up with his plans for the future.
Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future.— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) July 4, 2016
The news comes after rumours have been rife that Matt and Chris haven’t been getting along as co-hosts, as Matt reportedly threatened to quit if Chris wasn’t fired.
According to RTÉ TEN, the show pulled in a mere 1.9 million viewers for the last episode of the season – considerably lower than previous seasons starring old co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
In a statement, Chris said: “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. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses.”
“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.”