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