Chris Evans resigns from Top Gear

New presenter says his 'best shot' wasn't enough

Chris Evans has resigned from Top Gear after admitting that his “best shot” at presenting the show wasn’t enough.

Overnight viewing figures had revealed that the show attracted a record low of 1.9 million viewers to BBC2 for the final episode last night (July 3). It was up against the France v Iceland Euro 2016 game on ITV and Antiques Roadshow on BBC1.

Evans tweeted: “I’m stepping down from Top Gear. I gave it my best shot, but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.”

The total audience for its second episode attracted 6.2 million viewers, including those who watched on catch-up services such as iPlayer. But the figures have declined steadily since, and Evans hadn’t written about Top Gear on Twitter since June 17.

In a statement, Evans added about his time on Top Gear: “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 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.”

It’s claimed that Matt Le Blanc is in talks with the BBC about staying on for a second series with Evans set to leave, after reports of a fall-out between the two hosts. Again, these claims are as yet uncorroborated.

The World Tour, the new Amazon Prime show presented by previous Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, starts in autumn.