Chris Evans has announced his resignation from Top Gear

Chris Evans has announced his resignation from Top Gear

Chris Evans has announced his resignation from Top Gear after just one series on Twitter.

The BBC TV and radio presenter Tweeted this morning: "Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best."

The announcement came after record low viewing figures have been reported with an average of 1.9m viewers watching Sunday night's final episode which was calculated at 8.6% of the available audience.

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The news was later confirmed by the BBC with an accompanying statement from Evans that said:"I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 months.

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"I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause. I remain a huge fan of the show, always have been, always will be."

Evans has, however, confirmed his commitment to his other BBC roles, including presenting the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, saying: "Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future."