Chris Evans Defended By BBC Amid Latest 'Top Gear' Controversy

It's been another tough week for the TV presenter.

29/04/2016 10:22

The BBC have spoken out about recent claims suggesting that Chris Evans had made a producer cry behind the scenes of ‘Top Gear’.

On Thursday (28 April), The Sun claimed that ‘Top Gear’ staff had branded Chris “more volatile than Jeremy Clarkson” in the lead-up to the new series of the motoring show.

However, the BBC have now issued a statement insisting this is far from the case, branding the reports “complete nonsense” and accusing The Sun of trying to smear Chris’s name.

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A Beeb spokesperson says: “The Sun, for its own reasons, continues on a weekly, sometimes daily basis to publish negative stories about Top Gear and unfounded nonsense about Chris, which is no longer worth any serious consideration or response.”

Since Chris was appointed as the new host of ‘Top Gear’, the BBC have repeatedly been forced to contest reports about him in the press, as various sources have reportedly suggested that things behind the scenes aren't exactly running smoothly.

Chris has also hit back over the frequent negative stories last month, writing in the Mail On Sunday: As we count down to our first show of the new series, in (not James) May, the seemingly inexhaustible stream of ‘insider’ stories keeps on coming, my most recent favourite being about how ‘unprofessional’ I have been behaving ‘on set’.

“Just a small point here. We don’t actually have a set yet for me to misbehave on. Not only has it not been built, but we have only just signed off the final design.”

Chris will make his debut at the helm of ‘Top Gear’ when the rebooted show returns next month.

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  • 25 March 2015
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    The BBC announces Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed, following a fracas involving a cold dinner on location, and a punched producer. "A line has been crossed," said the BBC's statement.
  • 24 April 2015
    Matt Jelonek via Getty Images
    Richard Hammond joins James May in confirming they won't be back either, the team comes as a trio. 
  • 16 June 2015
    Alex Huckle via Getty Images
    The BBC reveals their Radio 2 breakfast show host Chris Evans will be leading the new team. 
  • 30 July 2015
    Matt Jelonek via Getty Images
    AmazonPrime reveals they’ve signed up Clarkson and co for an online motoring show, with a reported £10million/year package, with the series set to debut later in 2016.
  • 28 November 2015
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    Chris Evans reveals the show's debut date of 8 May, with an eight-episode series planned. 
  • 22 December 2015
    Barcroft via Getty Images
    ‘Top Gear’ producer Lisa Clark departs the team abruptly, saying she is to "pursue other projects", but wishes the team well.
  • 23 December 2015
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    She is swiftly followed out of the door by script editor Tom Ford.
  • 4 February 2016
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    Matt LeBlanc is confirmed as a fellow presenter.
  • 11 February 2016
    Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan all confirmed to join.
  • 26 February 2016
    Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle via Getty Images
    The BBC announces a fresh debut date of 22 May, with six episodes scheduled instead of eight.
  • 19 January 2016
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    BBC Two commissioner Kim Shillinglaw, who has been overseeing the relaunch of the show, announces she will be leaving her role. Due to a re-organisation at the BBC, there will be no one to replace her, meaning Chris Evans will report directly to the Controller of Channels, Jane Moore. 
  • 10 February 2016
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    Matt LeBlanc confirms that he has signed to a US sitcom 'I'm Not Your Friend', leading to concern that he may have stretched himself too thin for 'Top Gear' duties.  
  • 13 March 2016
    Veterans complain about the ‘Top Gear’ team filming stunts, creating donut turns and speed dust, in London’s Whitehall, with shots including footage of the country’s most revered war memorial, the Cenotaph. 
  • 14 March 2016
    Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle via Getty Images
    Chris Evans makes a public apology for the team’s actions, while adding, “This isn't a shoot I'm particularly involved in." And takes to wearing pyjamas to work.
  • 31 March 2016
    The show releases its first trailer. Many respond that the footage has become too Americanised, and they miss Jeremy. 
  • 12 April 2016
    The show receives a major boost with news that streaming service Netflix has bought rights to distribute the show internationally, thus bringing the new series to a potential 75 million subscribers. 
  • 13 April 2016
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    The atmosphere on set is said to be “frosty” following Chris Evans’ continuing fury over the Cenotaph stunt. 
  • Apart from that...
    It's all been smooth sailing. We wait for 22 May with bated breath. 

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