The BBC Radio 2 DJ quit the motoring series last week, after its reboot received poor reviews and falling ratings.
Chris announced his departure on Twitter, later issuing an official statement, but has now spoken in more depth about his exit in his Mail On Sunday column.
Of Matt, he described him as “the captain ‘Top Gear’ truly needs going forward”, going on to say: “Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he’s just such a pro.
“The whole time I worked with him, he never once looked at the clock, was never late on set, knew his lines inside out and back to front and, most importantly on such an intense production, he always had time for everyone, especially the crew.
The BBC have confirmed Matt will become the show’s main host when filming on the new series begins in September, with Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan continuing in their supporting roles.
Chris also described working on ‘Top Gear’ as an “honour, privilege and a pleasure”, and admitted he was “entirely sad” to leave.
“It seems I may well have been a square peg in a round hole.”
The Telegraph has claimed that a planned Christmas special of the show will be scrapped ahead of the show’s return in 2017.
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