Chris Evans has walked away from the revamped Top Gear after just 6 episodes.
The TV star posted the news onto his Twitter account saying he gave it his best shot “but sometimes that’s not enough”.
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.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) July 4, 2016
The presenter has been the main target for newspapers criticising the show, and that appears to have been a part of his decision to resign.
The BBC are apparently in negotiations with Matt Le Blanc about continuing on the show for a second series. It was recently reported that the Friends star threatened to quit if Evans wasn’t sacked.
Discussing the decision to step down he said: “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 months. I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause.
“I remain a huge fan of the show, always have been, always will be. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses.”
Mark Linsey, the director of the BBC’s in-house production team, BBC Studios, said: “Chris is stepping down from his duties on Top Gear. He says he gave it his best shot doing everything he could to make the show a success.
“He firmly believes that the right people remain, on both the production team and presenting team to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be. The new series has so far notched up over 30 million views in the UK alone and has already been sold to 130 territories worldwide.”