After several controversies, sexual assault allegations and rumoured fights with the crew, Chris Evans has been removed from BBC's "Top Gear" once and for all. He will not be a part of the show starting Season 24.
Evans, who had taken over as the lead presenter after Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond left the show, stepped down from the position last week. Despite the apparent bad blood he has with the team, especially co-presenter Matt LeBlanc who had demanded that Evans be fired, Evans tweeted: "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."
"Top Gear" had reportedly suffered a major dip in ratings during Evan's short yet disastrous era on the show, with the viewership plummeting from 4.3 million in May, when the show began, to 1.9 million last week.
BBC bosses are now reportedly looking to replace Evans with a producer who can "manage their own emotions in the face of pressure." According to the Telegraph, the new producer would "proactively offer[s] constructive feedback to others" and will have the "ability to create a vision and inspire others to realise it irrespective of circumstances."
Although the show itself has been renewed for Season 24, and official premiere date has not been announced by BBC. However, it is expected that the presenter team, sans Evans will return with reviews of new cars either by December 2016 or early 2017.