Top Gear’s presenter Chris Evans is leaving the show

Chris Evans has just announced that he is leaving BBC motoring show Top Gear.

“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.” said Chris Evans in a statement released by BBC.

The remaining five presenters – Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan – will return for the next series, which is due to begin filming in September, reported BBC News.

FYI: Top Gear is one of the BBC’s most important shows. It’s brought millions of viewers to the BBC, many of whom aren’t big users of other BBC services.

And internationally it’s worth tens of millions of pounds to BBC Worldwide. While there’s been a significant fall in viewing figures, interest in and awareness of the programme remains high – the latest series with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc was sold to 130 territories outside the UK.

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