Under-fire presenter Chris Evans has stepped down from his role on Top Gear after just one series amid plummeting ratings and rumours of discontent among his colleagues.
The presenter tweeted this afternoon to let his fans know that he wouldn’t be coming back for another series. The news follows the report this morning that BBC were considering what to do next after numbers for the last show of the series on yesterday evening plummeted to an all time low.
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
Having re-launched last May, after the dismissal of Jeremy Clarkson and the resignations of Richard Hammond and James May, the revamped Top Gear drew in 4.4 million viewers in its first week.
But complaints on social media and tabloid reports of a falling out between himself and co-host Matt LeBlanc meant Evans’ days were always likely to be numbered.
The Radio Two DJ could also could face historical sexual assault charges as reported by the Sunday newspaper.
In a statement, the Met police mentioned a case of “non-recent sexual assault” but Evans wasn’t mentioned.
Filming for the second series of Top Gear is expected to resume in September.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran