It seems that BBC America’s newly relaunched “Top Gear” series is going through a few growing pains. The series, which premiered on BBC America, will be continuing on once again without a familiar host.
It was confirmed today by Evans, and later the series itself, that he will not be returning in season 2 of the show. This isn’t the first time that the series has gone through some staffing issues. The popular series was hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond prior to the revamp. The show lost that lineup after a physical altercation between Clarkson and one of the show’s producers forced Clarkson out of the series.
The new “Top Gear” had a brand-new team behind it in when season-one premiered on BBC America back in May. Evans was a co-host with Matt LeBlanc, and according to earlier reports, the two did not see eye-to-eye. The original lineup included Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and Rory Reid. Today’s announcements didn’t go into detail on why exactly Evans was leaving the show, the series and the former host only stated that he would not be returning for season 2. Evans can be seen above, fourth from the left.
The official Twitter account for the show stated in a public post, “Thanks @achrisevans. You took on @TopGear_BBCA at full throttle. We wish you all the best. Excited to see what the #TopGear team do next.”
Evans also made it official today, telling fans on Twitter, “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.”
No word yet from the BBC if the series will replace Evans with another host.