Former Top Gear host Chris Evans has dedicated his morning radio show to his ex-colleagues, advising them to “move on” without him.
The DJ announced on Monday that he was stepping down from the programme after just one series, leaving Friends star Matt LeBlanc in charge.
Speaking to listeners of his BBC Radio 2 morning show, he said: “Today’s show is dedicated to all the Top Gear gang. And today’s show is entitled Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.”
In a tweet on Monday, Evans said he was stepping aside, adding that he had given it his best shot but “sometimes that’s not enough”.
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 praised the team behind the multimillion-pound programme, which is the BBC’s biggest earner.
The final episode of the revamped motoring show aired on Sunday after a rocky ride during its return without Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.
The six-episode series was beset by unfavourable reviews, crashing ratings and reports of a breakdown in the relationship between the two lead hosts.
A BBC spokesman said the plan was to continue with the current line-up of presenters in Evans’ absence.
It leaves LeBlanc as the main host, along with racing driver Sabine Schmitz, Formula One presenter Eddie Jordan, YouTube star Chris Harris, car enthusiast Rory Reid and The Stig.
Evans made a brief reference to his Top Gear exit while reading out the newspaper headlines during the breakfast show.
“I’ve got to go here, so bear with me,” he told listeners, quoting the Daily Mirror front page: “Evans quits Top Gear: My best wasn’t good enough.”
“That’s true — that’s what I said yesterday in a tweet,” he said.
Meanwhile, Perry McCarthy, the original Stig, said Evans had “just not gelled with the audience”.
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, he said the show had been doomed after the first episode.
He explained: “I think the biggest mistake was the first show ... I feel that their first show was unfortunately really, really bad. They got it wrong.”
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