Top Gear lead presenter Chris Evans has announced via twitter he is down from his role as a presenter on Top Gear after only one series.
He tweeted: “Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough.
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
“I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause.
The resignation comes after the show’s ratings continued to fall with Sunday’s series finale averaging 1.9 million viewers.
Evans was installed as the lead presenter after the 2015 departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
Whilst Top Gear’s 23rd season was a good one it wasn’t as strong as the previous line-up which was not helped by constant rumours of Evans behaviour and questions surrounding his relationship with his co-presenters.
Essentially Evans along with Sabine Schmitt and Matt LeBlanc were present in most of the material aired for the first two episodes with co-presenters Chris Harris and Rory Reid being introduced as the series progressed giving it a considerable shot in the arm that it dearly needed.
This was likely due to the fact that Evans was installed first so was forced to start shooting without the remainder of his presenter line-up confirmed.
At this time there is no further word as to if the other presenters will return for series 24 of the show.
Like him or loathe, Evans clearly gave Top Gear everything he had effort wise and given the act he had to follow in the form of Clarkson, Hammond and May, it was always going to be a tough gig with many opposing views on social media both for and against Evans stewardship.
Here’s to hoping that Reid and Harris stick around as they have a very strong case for taking the show forward and making it their own.
The official announcement from the BBC is here.