'Top Gear': Matt LeBlanc 'Issues Bosses Ultimatum Over Chris Evans'

Could one of the hosts be departing the show already?

26/06/2016 10:46

Matt LeBlanc has reportedly issued 'Top Gear' bosses with an ultimatum over co-host Chris Evans, telling them: "It's him or me."

The former 'Friends' star is said to have told producers of the BBC Two motoring show he will quit unless the Radio 2 DJ is axed. 

Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans

The Sun has claimed Matt has grown increasingly tired of Chris' behaviour and attitude towards him and the rest of the presenting team on set. 

A source told the paper: “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."

The insider also claimed Chris is upset with the praise that has been heaped on co-stars Rory Reid and Chris Harris, who are newcomers to TV presenting, and that he "keeps his distance from all of them" during filming. 

Chris apparently doesn't gel with the rest of the 'Top Gear' team

Matt signed up to front two series of 'Top Gear' when he was announced as one of the replacements for Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond earlier this year. 

However, it is thought filming of the second run, which is due to begin in September, could be delayed until bosses make a decision about the line-up. 

A spokesperson for Chris Evans and the BBC declined to comment when approached by The Sun, while a rep for Matt stated that "nothing has been discussed or decided."

It is not the first time Chris and Matt have faced rumours of a fall out, but the US star later poured water on them, the 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.”

The current series of 'Top Gear' has been poorly received by fans and critics, while ratings have hit a 10-year low, with last week's episode drawing just 2.3 million viewers

'Top Gear' continues tonight at 8pm on BBC Two. 

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