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Chris Evans leaves Top Gear

The new host leaves quits after five episodes

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One of Top Gear’s new hosts has left the show after five episodes.

British TV personality and producer Chris Evans announced Monday he’s departing the popular auto show. “Stepping down from Top Gear,” he tweeted. “Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.”

“Chris is stepping down from his duties on Top Gear,” the BBC said in a statement. “He says he gave it his best shot doing everything he could to make the show a success. He firmly believes that the right people remain, on both the production team and presenting team to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be.”

“I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last twelve months,” Evans added in a statement of his own, via the BBC. “I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause. I remain a huge fan of the show, always have been, always will be. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses.”

Evans was tapped as one of the replacements for the longtime trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. He was flanked by former Friends star Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, and motoring journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid.

Clarkson did not have his contract renewed in March 2015 after a physical altercation with show producer Oisin Tymon. Hammond and May followed Clarkson and banded together for a new Amazon show, The Grand Tour, out later this year.

“Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future,” Evans added on Twitter.

BBC America did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.