The head of the BBC Studios, Mark Linsey has said that they are not looking for a replacement for Chris Evans and instead will work on building the show with the remaining presenters, specifically, Matt Leblanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris.
Evans quit Top Gear after just one series after the show took a hit on viewing figures week on week, constant negative headlines and no support for Mr Evans on Social Media either.
The BBC boss also added: “was built around an ensemble. Matt LeBlanc was an important part of that ensemble. Clearly the viewers enjoyed Matt LeBlanc, and we want him to come back”.
He told the Guardian: “Top Gear was a phenomenon, but it certainly didn’t start as a phenomenon. It grew over time. When you are trying something new, albeit with a well-known format, but certainly with a new cast, it is going to take time.”
“If you look at the first series of the Clarkson era it didn’t even have James May in it. It took 10 years to grow and the new Top Gear needs time to grow. It certainly didn’t surprise me it didn’t do the audience figures of the previous series.”