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Chris Evans is leaving Top Gear

The presenter made the announcement this afternoon.

TV PRESENTER CHRIS Evans has announced he is stepping down from Top Gear.

He made the announcement on Twitter today, saying he gave it his “best shot but sometimes that’s not enough”.

He added that he will continue with his other commitments, including Radio 2 and Children in Need.

The final Top Gear episode had the lowest audience of its current series, the BBC reported – an average of 1.9m viewers. It was broadcast last night – the same night as the France vs Iceland Euro 2016 match.

The previous week, it attracted an average of 2.7m people tuning in.

Separately, the Guardian reported today that a Sunday newspaper claimed that the host could be quizzed over historical sex assault allegations, but that Evans was understood not to have been directly contacted with police over the alleged incident.

The BBC and Evans did not respond to the reports, and the presenter had previously denied the claims.

The revamped Top Gear launched this year and included Eddie Jordan and Matt LeBlanc.

Part of the season was filmed in Ireland, including Kenmare.

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