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