Chris Evans reportedly drops TFI Friday duties to concentrate on hosting Top Gear
Chris Evans has reportedly dropped presenting the revived TFI Friday on Channel 4 in a bid to focus on his first series of Top Gear.
According to The Sunday Times, Evans has chosen to step away from TFI which was brought back for a series of 10 programmes earlier this year, in order to concentrate on his role as the main present of the BBC motoring programme, which is set to broadcast in May.
The report quoted ‘a source’ that claimed that the pressure of working on both programmes at once was “immense”
When agreeing to take the job on Top Gear, Evans also left his presenting job on The One Show, where he co-presented each Friday. This led to the revitalisation of TFI Friday soon afterwards.
Earlier this week, Evan’s co-presenters on the new Top Gear series were revealed as motoring journalist Chris Harris, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz and Formula One racer David Coulthard.
Meanwhile, the executive producer on the new series, Lisa Clarke, also announced she would be leaving after only five months in the role.
Evans and company will replace Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond who have joined Amazon to present a newly devised driving programme.
In November it was reported that Radio1 and judge on The X Factor, Nick Grimshaw, would be the host of TFI Friday before it was confirmed that Evans would front the new series after all.