It was always going to be a massive task to try and live up to the Clarkson/Hammond/May era of Top Gear but the BBC were determined to give it a go when they hired Chris Evans (No, not that one!), Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and Rory Reid to take over the show.
The 23rd season of Top Gear premiered on May 29 and now four weeks later, there are already rumors of trouble on the set of the popular driving show. As if the ratings hitting a 10-year low wasn't bad enough, word is circulating that Matt LeBlanc has given the Top Gear producers an ultimatum: “It’s him or me.”
The 'him' is referring to radio DJ, Chris Evans, who also joined the show this season and apparently isn't getting along with the other hosts of the show, according to a source:
“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.”
If it's true, will be losing a host so soon after the departure of the massively popular previous hosts? Who will leave?
But it's not just the other hosts that aren't gelling with Evans, the general public aren't exactly his biggest fans either, according to Twitter.
Matt LeBlanc has initially signed on for two seasons. The first has finished filming and the second is due to go into production in September, but may be delayed if the rumours are true and some important decisions have to be made.
According to the Friends star, the rumours are completely false- as he told Radio Times:
“All this stuff that Chris and I are at war with each other is a big load of bullshit. We’ve never had a rift!
“I’m a true car fan, Chris is a true car fan. We’re hanging out, having a laugh, doing our best. He is an extremely smart guy. I’d beat him in a race, though – and you can tell him I said that.”
Something that could also cause a problem for filming the filing of Top Gear is that LeBlanc is also the lead star of the CBS production of Man With a Plan, which will debut in the fall.
If the public is anything to go by, Matt LeBlanc is the one audiences want and the one that could possibly help the show's ratings. Check out this article on why LeBlanc is the best thing to happen to Top Gear.
I am very interested to see how this show goes when Grand Tour premiers!
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