Chris Evans quits as Top Gear host!

Chris Evans has quit Top Gear, following mounting media pressure and falling ratings.

In a statement issued today, the presenter said “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last twelve months. I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause. I remain a huge fan of the show, always have been, always will be. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses.”

Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios on Top Gear added “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. The new series has so far notched up over 30m views in the UK alone and has already been sold to 130 territories worldwide.

Chris's resignation follows a decline in ratings which saw last night's series finale watched by under 2 million.

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