Top Gear's Matt LeBlanc: It's Me or Chris Evans
by 👨💻 Graham Pierrepoint
BBC’s relaunch of the popular Top Gear brand, since the exit of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, has proven to be a tricky one to arrange – or, at least, to make appealing to existing fans of the series. With rumors dogging the production of the show relating to lead presenter Chris Evans’ behavior behind the scenes and his ability to present while driving, through to less than encouraging viewing figures of the first few episodes of the new-look series, it’s been an uphill struggle for the BBC to bounce back from the ultimately rather popular trio who had helmed the series from its relaunch a decade prior.
Now, it appears, further drama is set to befall the show from behind the scenes, as it has been reported that presenter Matt LeBlanc has advised that he will leave the show unless Chris Evans leaves first. The claims, according to The Telegraph, come as it is reported that former Friends star LeBlanc has shown concern over Evans’ alleged rudeness to personnel. While a spokesperson for LeBlanc has refuted the claims, a source also advises that there is a ‘frosty’ relationship between the presenters, suggesting that the united front they are offering viewers may not be as happy as they are implying.
The BBC, too, has declined to comment on such matters – and the news comes as their new-look show appears to have received mediocre reception from viewers despite a slight upturn in viewing figures for the most recent episode. The claims relating to LeBlanc are yet to be confirmed – and with his representative outright denying them, they can perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt at this time.
However, as One News Page has previously reported, this is a show that has experienced backlash and negative press before its relaunch – and it has been a source of intrigue for fans remaining with the show and those who have left to await Clarkson, May and Hammond’s arrival on Amazon Prime later this year. In any case, all speculation should be taken with caution – and it will remain to be seen whether or not LeBlanc will stay with the show for its second season. With rumors abound that the BBC may have also arranged the cutting down of Evans’ airtime on the show, this seems to be a TV series that will court controversy in the press for some time to come.
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