We now know that Chris Evans has stepped down from Top Gear and that’s making fans of the show happy. However, we’re now getting details about how and why this exactly happened.
According to Evans’ Twitter post, he stepped down, but that doesn’t tell us anything. It’s looking more and more like the BBC either asked him to step down or fired him outright due to a sexual assault allegation.
Here’s we know from The Telegraph:
The announcement comes after police confirmed this morning that they are investigating allegations of sexual assault, after the presenter was accused of grabbing the breasts of a female colleague in the 1990s.
In a statement released this morning, the Met confirmed that a woman had made an allegation of “non-recent sexual assault” to officers on May 23, six days before Evans’s newly-revamped Top Gear returned to the BBC.
Police said the allegation related to “incidents in Tower Hamlets in the 1990s”.
This isn’t all. There are also reports of Evans joking about exposing himself.
In an interview with the Sunday Times in 2005, Evans admitted his penchant for exposing himself at work.
The newspaper reported that Evans “frequently exposed himself at the offices of Ginger Media Group, which owned Virgin Radio and television shows such as TFI Friday. He would interrupt meetings by standing up to pull down his tracksuit bottoms to reveal that he was sexually aroused.”
At the time, Evans told the newspaper: “If you get your willy out, it’s the funniest thing in the world. Everybody laughs, everyone of our generation. I wouldn’t do it in front of my mum, for example. Girls love it; boys -‘Oh, I can’t believe you did that’. It also takes the night to a new level. I actually haven’t done it for a while. But I will do it again.”
In my personal opinion, Evans did not step down and the BBC gave him the proverbial boot. I mean right before the show was to be reborn, these allegations came to light and loomed over the show in the background. Now that the first, short run of episodes are done, ratings have tanked, fans are up in arms about him, and because all of these allegations, the BBC had enough.
Do you agree? Do you think he was fired over this? Let’s hear it.