09/05/2016 11:29 BST | Updated 09/05/2016 11:44 BST

Chris Evans 'Blasts Media Witch-Hunt' Ahead Of 'Top Gear' Debut, Following 'Bullying' Accusations

'Of course it's hurtful.'

Chris Evans has reportedly responded to accusations in the press that he “bullied” a former colleague, branding them “ridiculous”.

Ahead of his debut at the helm of the new series of ‘Top Gear’, Chris has been accused of bullying the staff who worked with him on ‘The Big Breakfast’ back in the 1990s.

His former radio co-presenter John Revell added fuel to the fire, suggesting he was “out of control”, with radio bosses too afraid to put him in his place.

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Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc on the set of 'Top Gear'

Over the past few months, the BBC have repeatedly spoken out in defence of Chris, most recently after it was suggested he’d shouted at a producer until they burst into tears.

A spokesperson said: 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.”

The new series of ‘Top Gear’ kicks off at the end of this month.

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