Amid stories about bad blood behind the scenes, Matt LeBlanc reportedly gave an ultimatum to producers of the BBC’s “Top Gear.” The U.K. publication The Sun reports that “Friends” actor is insisting that either co-host Chris Evans goes or he goes.
“Sources on the crisis-hit programme say Matt has grown increasingly frustrated with his co-star’s rudeness and frosty attitude towards the team,” The Sun reports. “And they told how he delivered a crushing ultimatum by announcing he will have no part in any future series that features Chris.”
LeBlanc reportedly has an agreement in place for two seasons, forcing the BBC to choose one host over the other.
The show has reportedly come nowhere near the strong ratings it pulled before it was retooled with a new lineup in place. The program relaunched this year with LeBlanc, Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and others serving as co-hosts, after the BBC pulled the plug on the popular lineup fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, who was fired after punching one of the show’s producers.
The current version reportedly lost half of its viewers within two weeks of the relaunch, leaving “Top Gear” with its lowest ratings in more than a decade.
LeBlanc is apparently not alone in his dislike of Evans. The report quotes a source saying: “The team does not gel at all, and the atmosphere between the presenters is decidedly frosty. It’s very much a picture of him — Chris — and them.”