Chris Evans, who stepped down as lead host of the BBC’s “Top Gear” after word circulated that he was clashing with new co-host Matt LeBlanc, talked about LeBlanc in a guest column in the U.K. paper The Mail. The surprise was that Evans did nothing but gush about the former “Friends” star, including pushing LeBlanc to be the show’s next lead host.
Evans, who lasted one season as the show’s lead host, said LeBlanc is the “captain” the show needs going forward. The latest season was marred by low ratings, bad reviews and stories about conflict behind the scenes.
“For me, he is the man,” Evans wrote about LeBlanc. “He is the captain ‘Top Gear’ truly needs going forward, the perfect torso for the rest of ‘TG’s’ limbs. Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he’s just such a pro.”
Evans added: “The whole time I worked with him, he never once looked at the clock, was never late on set, knew his lines inside out and back to front and, most importantly on such an intense production, he always had time for everyone, especially the crew. The simple truth is he and ‘Top Gear’ were made for each other.”