Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc have kick-started the new-look Top Gear together, but are tensions running high between the hosts?
The new-look show has been hit with poor reviews and plummeting ratings since it first aired just weeks ago, but despite many fans praising Matt and Chris’ partnership on-screen – it seems all is not well behind the scenes.
According to reports, the pair have clashed, and now former Friends star Matt has allegedly even threatened to quit if Evans isn’t given the boot.
A source told The Sun : “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.”
Matt is thought to have signed up for two more series already – and reps have since insisted the claims are “not correct”.
While a spokeswoman for Matt told the paper: “Nothing has been discussed or decided,” a rep has since told Mirror Online: “It is not correct.”
Top Gear declined to comment on the claims, and Chris Evans’ camp has been contacted for comment.
Meanwhile, BBC boss Alan Tyler, the acting controller of entertainment commissioning, has insisted that executives are pleased with the show’s performance so far – despite ratings falling each week.
“We are four episodes into the new Top Gear era with its new presenting line-up [which also includes Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Rory Reid] and remain really pleased with the way the series is performing,” he said.
“[Last] Sunday night’s episode was another great watch and yet again was easily the biggest show of the day on BBC Two. Being up against a major sporting event is always tough and that is partly why the series is performing so brilliantly on catch up and BBC iPlayer.”
Top Gear is on BBC2, Sundays at 8.00pm