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.

<strong> Chris Evans</strong>
Chris Evans
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The Mirror now reports that Chris has hit back, during a conversation with a close pal.

Opening up about the effect rumours have on his family, he is reported to have added: “Is it hurtful to see your wife – or your children – upset? Of course it is. Who likes seeing their wife or kids in tears?

<strong> Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc on the set of 'Top Gear'</strong>
Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc on the set of 'Top Gear'
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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.

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

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