With “Top Gear’s” lead host bailing out on the show amid talk of bad blood behind the scenes, the BBC says it won’t be replacing Chris Evans.
Autoweek quotes a spokeswoman for the broadcaster saying: “We have no immediate plans to replace Chris Evans and do not expect to do so going forward.”
The report notes that the show already has five other hosts, including its high-profile “Friends” alum. “This would, in effect, leave Matt LeBlanc to take the reins going into season 24,” Autoweek reports. “His compatriots, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz, look like they will all continue into the next season with him.”
Evans announced Monday that he was leaving the show, with the move coming amid not only a ratings slump for the former worldwide hit series, but also, perhaps more to the point, widespread reports that Evans and LeBlanc couldn’t get along.
Autoweek adds: “LeBlanc and Co. look to have their work cut out for them come next season, as ‘The Grand Tour’ by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be well under way by the time ‘Top Gear’ comes back.”