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Top Gear in its most remembered format with Hammond, May, and Clarkson was always going to be a tough act to follow, and the reboot has already weathered tough times with viewers from its first episode which aired at the beginning of this month.

The latest to emerge from the BBC show’s cast is presenter Matt LeBlanc’s frustration with lead host Chris Evans, with the former allegedly planning to quit the TV show if the latter is not removed from the team first. This allegedly took place ahead of filming for the second series of the show in its current format, which is due to begin in September.

Live viewers for last week’s episode numbered just 2.34 million, compared to the lowest reached by the previous team of hosts led by Jeremy Clarkson, at 2.37 million viewers. “The team does not gel and the atmosphere between presenters is frosty,” an unidentified source told The Sun on Sunday. “Matt’s indicated he won’t continue on any further series if Chris remains. He is far from the only one who is not happy,” the source added.

The BBC told The Telegraph it would not comment on those claims. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for LeBlanc denied the claims, saying there were “no discussions”. The show’s executive producer, Lisa Clark, quit at the end of last year amid claims of Evans’ tyrannical ways, with one source alleging the presenter thought he could “trample over anyone”. The BBC has denied claims of such bullying.