Since Chris Evans officially called it quits after the first season of the new Top Gear, it was only natural to wonder who would replace him as the lead host.
There are lots of presenters out there who have what it takes to take the helm at Top Gear, but BBC reckons nobody could truly replace Evans (and his shouting), as the spectacle will go on without him, with the remaining presenters – Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, and Eddie Jordan.
This information was confirmed to the Evening Standard by a BBC spokesperson, who also said that Evans chose to step down at his own accord and that the British public service broadcaster respects his decision:
“We have no immediate plans to replace Chris Evans and do not expect to do so going forward. Series 24 starts filming in September.”
It’s unclear whether or not fan favorite Matt LeBlanc will advance as the main host of the show (he looks like the most likely candidate), as reports suggest that the BBC is in talks with the actor for another season.
A BBC statement on Top Gear said that Evans “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 news of Evans’ resignation came after a report saying that BBC executives were not happy by Evans’ performance, both on and off-camera.