New ‘Top Gear’ Lead Host Revealed By Show ‘Insider’


Chris Evans has confirmed he is leaving Top Gear, but the BBC will not be replacing him immediately.

Evans revealed he was leaving earlier today, and as reported by the Daily Mirror the likes of Jenson Button and Steve Coogan were being touted as replacements.

But the Mirror also reports a source close to the show has revealed no one will be hired immediately, and Matt Le Blanc is poised to take up the lead presenter role.

The show is currently in pre-production for series 24, so at present it seems the American actor will be given a fair chance to shine.

The same source also suggested Evans was not asked by the BBC to quit.

Director of BBC Studios, Mark Linsey said:

Chris is stepping down from his duties on Top Gear. He says he gave it his best shot doing everything he could to make the show a success.

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.

So The Grand Tour hasn’t kicked off yet and Jeremy Clarkson’s competition is already looking in crisis – I’m sure he takes no pleasure in that whatsoever though…