Presenter and co-host of the new Top Gear, Chris Evans, has announced his resignation from the show after it was recently revealed that the show’s viewing figures were at an all time low.
The new version of the petrol-headed show was hated by the majority from day one with many calling Evans an unnatural and awkward presenter and calling for him to step down and allow Matt LeBlanc to take full control.
Evans revealed that he would be leaving the show by posting on Twitter to say he gave it ‘his best shot’ but that ‘it wasn’t enough’, reports the BBC.
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 later said that he would continue with his other BBC commitments such as ‘Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future’.
In a statement released by the BBC, he added:
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.
Although at the minute the exact reasoning for his resignation remains unclear it is thought that it is due to the decline in viewing figures and ratings after the show hit an all time low on Sunday night.
Earlier today it was revealed that police were also investigating Evans for an alleged sexual assault after he was accused of groping a female colleagues breasts in the 1990’s.
In a statement released this morning, the Met confirmed that a woman had made allegations of ‘non-recent sexual assault’ to officers on May 23, six days before Top Gear returned to the BBC.
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