Chris Evans breaks his silence on leaving Top Gear
Following his dramatic exit from Top Gear earlier this month, Chris Evans has broken his silence on the matter in a Daily Mail column.
The radio DJ announced that he would be leaving the show in a series of tweets on July 4.
"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," he wrote, before adding: "Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future."
Ever since, Evans had been noticeably quiet on the matter – until his recent column on the Mercedes S 500 AMG Line Cabriolet, that is.
He began the article on the subject that everyone wanted to hear about – Top Gear.
"So was that a dream or did I really get to work on Top Gear for a whole year?" he wrote.
"Actually it was both. What a complete honour, privilege and a pleasure. And yes, I promise, I really did try to make the best show I possibly could.
"Some things, however, simply don't work out. It seems I may well have been a square peg in a round hole.
"Which is fine if you keep on hammering it in, but the moment you leave it to do its own thing, the universe will quite rightly pop it back out again."
He went on to detail the fun he'd had while working on the show, before endorsing Matt LeBlanc to continue as the show's presenter.
An extensive review of the S-class convertible followed, with Evans praising the model unconditionally.
Of course, he couldn't finish the piece without a farewell gag to TG.
"PS: I am entirely sad Top Gear didn't work out – I would have loved to have carried on working on it," he said.
"But letting go with a smile on your face is far better than clinging on till you look constipated. Know what I mean?"