Things just keep going from bad to worse for the revamped Top Gear, with reports claiming that new presenter Chris Evans has already threatened to quit the show.
According to the Mirror, the 49-year-old is getting fed up with ‘meddling’ BBC bosses and grew frustrated after BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw (who recently left the show) was reluctant to give him the same creative control as ex-host Jeremy Clarkson.
The new version of the incredibly popular BBC motoring show has seemed cursed from the beginning, with serious backlash to the new presenters, plus various people behind-the-scenes quitting already.
And, it appears that Evans himself was on the verge of joining them and walking away from the show just six months into his three year contract, because he was irritated by the ‘constant interference’ and ‘micro-managing’ from the channel’s officials.
A source told the paper:
Chris isn’t a quitter but it was all getting on top of him and he began wondering if it was all worth the hassle. He was being driven to distraction by all this when all he wanted to do was make good television.
Things got so bad that he made his feelings very clear. It was more or less a ‘butt out or I’m out situation’. Whether he would have carried out the threat is another issue but the message was obvious.
The broadcaster has recently dismissed rumours that the show is ‘in crisis’ but, to be honest, the more we read about the new Top Gear, the more it seems like a poisoned chalice for the team.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are laughing all the way to the bank over on Amazon Prime…