Chris Evans breaks silence as BBC’s Top Gear dropped after he quit show

Chris Evans admitted he still loves Top Gear despite stepping down from the show seven years ago.

In a statement, the BBC said it has decided to “rest the UK show” and the programme will not be returning to TV “for the foreseeable future” after 46 years on our screens.

Speaking on Virgin Radio in a candid interview with comedian and actor Tom Davis on Friday (November 24), the radio broadcaster admitted it was “water under the bridge” since his dramatic departure from Top Gear back in 2016.

Chris, 57, commented: “I’ve loved every job I’ve ever had… including Top Gear. Now!”

He added: “It’s just water under the bridge.”

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The former BBC presenter also revealed he often tunes into old episodes of Top Gear which can be found online.

His comments come years after the host stepped down from the BBC show which he presented alongside Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan.

Chris joined Top Gear after the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

He quit the role in 2016 after one series adding he didn’t believe he was the right fit for the car series.

At the time of his departure, Chris tweeted: “Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough.

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“I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause.”

His resignation came after falling ratings for the show – which hit a series low, with an average of 1.9 million viewers.

Meanwhile, the decision to take the motoring show off screens came after the findings of an external BBC health and safety investigation were delivered. The findings will not be published.

The BBC apologised to Freddie after the 2022 accident and reached a financial settlement with him reportedly in the region of £9million.

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