It’s been a rocky road for the revamped Top Gear.
The BBC’s flagship motoring show was plagued by bad buzz before it even hit screens (the Cenotaph stunt, Chris Evans vomiting, presenter bickering), and the recent departure of Evans leaves even more question marks over the future of the series.
Despite the plummeting ratings and tepid feedback from critics, Evans thinks the show must go on – and he believes its saviour is the man he was rumoured to have fought with behind the scenes.
Yes, Matt LeBlanc is the man in charge now.
“For me, he is the man. He is the captain Top Gear truly needs going forward, the perfect torso for the rest of TG’s limbs,” Evans wrote in his Mail on Sunday column.
“Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he’s just such a pro.
“The whole time I worked with him, he never once looked at the clock, was never late on set, knew his lines inside out and back to front and, most importantly on such an intense production, he always had time for everyone, especially the crew.
“The simple truth is he and Top Gear were made for each other.”
Earlier rumours had suggested that LeBlanc will take the lead on Top Gear to anchor the show solo, with support from the established co-hosting team of Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz.
So, that’s any chance of Alan Partridge finally grabbing his dream job out the window, then…