The inevitable has produced – Chris Evans recently announced he has decided to quit the Top Gear show – and it appears the BBC has decided against seeking a replacement.
According to British media, the new season that starts filming in September will go on with the same cast. An unnamed BBC spokesperson has reportedly said the British broadcaster has “no immediate plans to replace Chris Evans and do not expect to do so going forward.” On the other hand, the revamped show’s cast, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz, and Eddie Jordan will be coming back as the BBC News alleges all five will be filming the new season of Top Gear from September. Evans has announced on social media recently he wants to give up presenting the show after he said he “gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough.”
On the other hand, following the announcement of the star presenter, BBC Studios director Mark Linsey said his belief is 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.” The decision seems amicable enough, with Evans looking forward to his other presenting duties inside the BBC, but it appears to have been prompted due to the very low Top Gear ratings and alleged frictions with co-host Matt LeBlanc.