'TFI Friday' Will Not Return Following Chris Evans' 'Top Gear' Exit

Its recent revival proved a lot more popular than the latest 'Top Gear' series.

05/07/2016 10:43

Chris Evans may have a bit of spare time on his hands after stepping down as the host of 'Top Gear', but anyone hoping to see him bring back 'TFI Friday' (again) is set to be disappointed. 

Fans had suggested Chris's decision to quit the BBC Two motoring show could pave the way for him to make more episodes of 'TFI', after he made the announcement on Monday (4 July). 

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Chris Evans will not return to 'TFI Friday'

It was previously reported that the host's commitment to 'Top Gear' had ruled him out of another series of 'TFI', which was brought back for a 20th anniversary special and a 10-episode run last year, with Nick Grimshaw even mooted as a possible replacement

However, Channel 4 insiders have insisted that the fact Chris is now a lot less busy does not mean 'TFI' will make another comeback. 

A well-placed source told Digital Spy: "TFI Friday's return was only ever envisaged as an anniversary special and one-off series in 2015.

"There are no current plans for 'TFI' to return."

The madcap show proved to be a hit with viewers when it was revived last year, with its anniversary special pulling in nearly four million.

Chris has stepped down as the host of 'Top Gear'

Chris decided to step down as the host of 'Top Gear' less than a year after succeeding Jeremy Clarkson, following poor reviews and falling ratings. 

Announcing the news on Twitter, he said: "Stepping down from 'Top Gear'. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best."

He also revealed future plans, adding: "Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, 'CarFest', Children In Need, '500 Words' and whatever else we can dream up in the future."

Check out some of TFI Friday's best bits in the gallery below...

'TFI Friday' Best Bits

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