The director admitted with some guilt:
It was only a a few months ago that Friends star Matt LeBlanc was named as the first American to cohost the hit BBC series Top Gear — and now he might be driving solo!
As you may have heard, shortly after Matt joined series vet Chris Evans on the automotive TV show, there were rumors of a feud between the hosts — and then there was that whole Women of World War II memorial mishap.
Looks like Matt wanting Chris gone might have been more than just the word on the street — because now Evans has quit!
Evans took to Twitter Monday to announce:
Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) July 4, 2016
After Chris' tweet, BBC confirmed the announcement by sharing:
"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."
In the statement released by the network, the former host talked more about his decision, saying:
"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."
This sure sounds like there's more going on behind the scenes, especially with those rumors popping up saying LeBlanc would leave the show if Evans didn't!
Is he actually leaving for the good of the show? Or is it over friction with the Friends star??
Regardless, we wish Chris the best of luck in the future!
[Image via BBC2.]