Chris Evans says he’s ‘not allowed’ to host ‘TFI Friday’ any more because of ‘Top Gear’ job

The forthcoming 10-part 'TFI Friday' series will be the last with Evans at the helm

Chris Evans has revealed that he is “not allowed” to host TFI Friday now that he has signed up to present Top Gear.

After a successful one-off comeback special in June, Evans is currently working on a new 10-episode series of TFI Friday to begin on Channel 4 later this year. However, these will be his final episodes at the show’s helm, after which his commitment to the BBC and Top Gear will take priority.

“This is the long goodbye, I am not allowed to do any more TFI Friday,” Evans told an audience at the Radio Festival in London earlier today.

He also confirmed that the new series of Top Gear would begin in May, The Guardian reports, and described the motoring show as a “completely different beast” to his often anarchic Channel 4 series.

Although Evans will be forced to say goodbye to TFI Friday early next year, he admitted that the recent comeback special was “the happiest I have ever been on television”.

“A lot of the time when we were doing TFI Friday we were literally flying by the seat of our pants, it was hell to live through,” he explained. “With the [anniversary special] of TFI we knew we had a golden programme to present, we were more relaxed so we could go and enjoy it.”

Following TFI Friday‘s comeback special, when it looked as though Evans might not return to host a new series, NME readers backed Lauren Laverne to take over as presenter, with Charlie Brooker and Frankie Boyle also proving to be popular potential successors.