Following a season full of intrigues, Top Gear has finally let go of their main presenter, Chris Evans. Well technically, it was Evans who “stepped down” because he thought it would be the “best thing” he could do for the show and that he did his best but it just wasn’t enough. Evans has been the center of attention for the past few months during his hosting stint on the popular British television series.
Top Gear has been through a lot of issues in the past, one of the most controversial being Jeremy Clarkson getting kicked out of the show. The audience had been accustomed to Clarkson’s antics and so when someone by the name of Chris Evans took his place, it raised a few eyebrows. There were plenty of criticism regarding this choice but the show (and life) must go on. Now, Top Gear has to work through another season with just five hosts and Matt LeBlanc leading the pack.
It seems like Evan’s exit from the show is not at all surprising especially to avid Top Gear fans but for the benefit of those who think it was way too early for Evans to leave the show, here are top five reasons why it was best to do so.
Things first started to get rough during the first taping of season 23 of Top Gear. Rumours were that the audience walked out of the shoot because Evans was having a hard time getting his lines right and his jokes didn’t even get the audience to laugh. To add to the already heavy atmosphere, co-host Matt LeBlanc was also doing badly with his lines. It was borderline disaster and things got even worse the longer Evans stayed on the show. His controlling nature got the best of him; he wanted to have creative control over almost everything which some of his co-workers found hard to deal with.
Things got off to a bad start and we hoped it could do better but it didn’t. When the first episode was aired, Evans disappointed the fans even more. His review was not up to par with how the fans expected he would do and most of them took to social media to complain about Evan’s poorly done reviews. His presenting style could easily be broken down to the price range, the 0-60 acceleration record, and weight, and then Evans stepping on the accelerator and basically making a lot of noise. Evans is known to have a thing for cars but it didn’t sway opinion and it didn’t benefit the audience all that much. BBC tried to address the complaints by announcing that Evans’ role will be limited. To be fair, he did get better over time but it just wasn’t enough to keep him on the show.
The audience is one of the most important assets in the entertainment industry. They are the key to the future of a specific show. So when some Top Gear fans decided to boycott the show, it signified a bad sign. Top Gear fans have been known for their intense loyalty, mainly due to the original trio’s antics. It’s understandable how some of them may have felt there was no point watching the show without Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe, but adding Evans into the show was just not the way to go for them. As such, after the first few episodes of Season 23, Top Gear viewership went down from 4.4 million to 2.8 million. Viewership went down even more during the sixth and final season when numbers got down to 1.9 million, the lowest recorded for the show since it started. And clearly, BBC was appalled by this.
Aside from having a bad reputation amongst the staff and crew, Evans was apparently caught in a broil with co-host Matt LeBlanc. Some sources say that the latter threatened to leave the show if Evans wasn’t kicked out from it. Reports about this feud came out because concerns were raised on how Evans treated the other team members and that he was apparently very frustrating to film with. On screen, it was clear that both men just didn’t click and that LeBlanc clearly didn’t have a close relationship with Evans.
Everyone would probably agree that the most important reason is that Evans just wasn’t fit for the job. Most people would even say that junior presenters Chris Harris and Rory Reid could do better car reviews than him. Both presenters seem to know more about the inner workings of a car and can do a far better review than Evans ever did. Even though LeBlanc may seem to do better than Evans, he has a tendency of relying on Chris Harris making it look like he has no idea what he is talking about.
Now with Evans “stepping down” from the show, it’s up to Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Eddie Jordan, Chris Harris and Rory Reid to make up for the mistakes of the past. With this line up, will Top Gear get back to its former glory? We hope for the best.