LeBlanc ‘plans to quit Top Gear’ un­less Evans is sacked

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Ly­dia Willgress

MATT LEBLANC is plan­ning to quit

Top Gear if his co-host Chris Evans is not re­moved, sources have claimed.

The Amer­i­can pre­sen­ter is said to be con­cerned about Evans’s al­leged rude­ness to­wards other mem­bers of the team, with some sug­gest­ing that work­ing with him is “frus­trat­ing”.

Film­ing for the sec­ond se­ries is be­lieved to be due to start in Septem­ber. How­ever, its au­di­ence is rapidly de­clin­ing, with the episode on June 19 at­tract­ing just 2.34 mil­lion view­ers. The low­est au­di­ence posted by its for­mer team, led by Jeremy Clark­son, was 2.36 mil­lion in June 2003.

A source told the Sun on Sun­day: “The team does not gel and the at­mo­sphere … is frosty.” They added: “Matt’s in­di­cated he won’t con­tinue on any fur­ther se­ries if Chris re­mains. He is far from the only one who is not happy.”

The BBC de­clined to com­ment. Evans de­nies there was a row, and a spokesman for LeBlanc de­nied the claims and said there had been “no dis­cus­sions”.

Lisa Clark, the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, re­signed in De­cem­ber amid claims about Evans’s tyran­ni­cal man­ner. The BBC de­nied any bul­ly­ing claims.

Matt LeBlanc is said to be an­gry about his co-host’s rude­ness to­wards other mem­bers of the TV show’s team

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