The new Evans-led Top Gear hasn't been having a good time. Not only were last week's viewing figures lower than they have been since 2003, it seems there are yet more feuds going on behind the scenes. Specifically, reports claim that Matt LeBlanc is threatening to leave the show if the BBC doesn't sack Chris Evans first.
While the two have spoken civilly about each other in public, reports from behind the scenes paint a different picture. Past reports have claimed that Evans was against LeBlanc brought into the show (which the BBC denied), that the two supposedly clashed over the controversial stunt around London's Cenotaph (which Evans denied), and that the filming of the first episode was a complete disaster.
Now these new reports claim that LeBlanc finds Evans frustrating to work with, and is concerned about his rudeness to other members of the Top Gear team. A source told the Sun that "The team does not gel and the atmosphere between the presenters is frosty," adding "Matt’s indicated he won’t continue on any further series if Chris remains. He is far from the only one who is not happy."
According to the Telegraph the BBC is refusing to comment on the claims, and one of LeBlanc's people told The Sun that nothing had been "discussed or decided."
While I haven't been keeping up with the new Top Gear, I certainly hope that LeBlanc doesn't leave for the sake of the programme. He was, by far, the best part of the episodes I watched, while Evans just proved to be annoying.
The second series is due to start filming in September, so if there's any truth to these reports expect them to be sorted out in the next few months. [The Telegraph]