News - July 12, 2016

BBC cancels Top Gear Christmas specials
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BBC cancels Top Gear Christmas specials

The BBC has cancelled plans to film two Top Gear Christmas specials. 

The decision comes after the show's new host Chris Evans announced that he was quitting after just one season. Evans was the face of the show's new line-up, but after mixed reviews and lower ratings than expected, he has stepped aside. He confirmed his departure last week. 

Speaking about the decision, a source told the Daily Star: "We need to focus on making sure we have a great series to come back with in 2017", while a BBC representative confirmed this, adding: "Planning for Top Gear series 24 is under way. The team will be working towards bringing the show back some time in the early part of 2017. So all our energies are on that."

Although Evans has departed, the show's other five presenters Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan - will return for the next series, which is due to begin filming in September.

According to BBC News, Evans' decision to step down was his own as he no longer believed he was a good fit for the show. 

Evans' single series as the host of Top Gear will be released on DVD later this month and is available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page. 

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