After a nearly unwatchable season of Top Gear, and a rumored ultimatum from Matt LeBlanc that he would quit unless Chris Evans did, today Chris Evans finally quit. Unprofessional behavior (not only on-air but against fellow staff), poor acting, the infamous barfing scene, and an audience fed up with his bizarre personality led to a final meeting with BBC this week at which the decision was made. Allowing him to announce his own “departure” on twitter (“Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough.“) was just the good graces of BBC – certainly he was just plain fired.
Now, in our humble opinion, BBC needs to make Matt LeBlanc the overall host, and better utilize Sabine Schmitz. She is smart, funny, works well with Matt, and appears well on camera. Better yet she is one of the best professional drivers that have ever appeared on the show – so she can test the cars professionally. Contrast that to an Evans test, with him screaming as the car is driven sloppily and without any test instrumentation. Yes, and this is something that Clarkson’s Top Gear didn’t do, it’s time to actually test the cars and provide relevant numbers (0-60, 0-100, skidpad, braking, and of course a lap time so that cars can be compared).
So good news today: good bye and good riddance Chris Evans.