English presenter Chris Evans recently announced through his Twitter account that he is quitting Top Gear. With his departure, the car-oriented show is left in the hands of Matt LeBlanc. But the question is – can LeBlanc save the show?
After finishing only one series, Evans has announced online that he is stepping down from the show. ?Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that?s not enough. The team are brilliant, I wish them all the best,? he wrote.
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
Aside from announcing his exit on Twitter, the English presenter also released a statement through BBC stating, ?I have worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last twelve months,? Evans said.
?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 how, always have been, always will be. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses,? he added.
According to reports, Evans is not going to be replaced in the show, which would leave LeBlanc to lead the show. Previous posts suggested that after the departure of original presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the car-oriented show started to experience a drop in its ratings. Now that LeBlanc will take over the show, can he save Top Gear?
During their first series, LeBlanc became a fan favorite especially when he had a segment to himself alone. Every time he is on screen, it is somehow guaranteed that audiences are in for a treat. As a result, viewers of the show tend to like LeBlanc over Evans as they start to compare both presenters.
With that fact alone, it suggests that LeBlanc can indeed save the show with his charm and bunch of jokes that can lighten every viewer?s mood. Also, because of LeBlanc?s great as well as fun performance, Evans? faults were sort of highlighted which led fans to want LeBlanc more.
Meanwhile, it was clarified by Mark Linsey, director of BBC, that the decision of Evans to leave the show was made by the English presenter alone. ?He firmly believes that the right people remain, on both the production and presenting team to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be,? he said.
How about you? Do you think the departure of Chris Evans from Top Gear is the right decision? Can Matt LeBlanc save the show? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.