Matt LeBlanc threatens to leave Top Gear unless ‘jealous’ Chris Evans replaced
Top Gear‘s honorary American and token eye candy Matt LeBlanc is reportedly threatening to walk away from the motoring show unless his hyperactive co-star Chris Evans is given the boot.
Rumours of infighting between the two hosts – who stepped up to replace Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May when the show returned for its 23rd season in May – have been swirling around since before the series relaunched.
The gossip now seems to be given some official basis as a source has been quoted:
“The big question now is who goes and who stays. The team does not gel at all, and the atmosphere between the presenters is decidedly frosty. It’s very much a picture of him – Chris – and them. Matt has already indicated that he won’t continue on any further series if Chris remains a part of it. And he is far from the only one who isn’t happy.”
A source also told The Sun on Sunday: “Chris is not encouraging when any of the others are doing their links. On one occasion this month he even pretended to bump his head against a wall in frustration when Eddie Jordan kept fluffing his lines.”
“He also seems to be jealous of the attention and praise which has been heaped on Chris Harris and Rory Reid in particular since the show began. You would have thought that with his experience, he would help out those new to studio recording. But he doesn’t encourage them in any way”, the source continued.
“He just isn’t interested. He doesn’t even hang out with the others back stage and firmly keeps his distance from all of them at the aerodrome.”
A BBC spokesman and spokesman for Chris has declined to comment on the report, while a spokeswoman for Matt said: “Nothing has been discussed or decided.”
If it were up to us, Evans would be out of there in a flash. And judging by general online opinion, we reckon Top Gear‘s abysmal viewing figures might see some repair upon the replacement of the ‘shouty’ redhead, who was voted ‘The nation’s most hated TV personality‘ in a recent poll conducted by TVGuide.co.uk.