Sources told the paper that Evans was annoyed with the “constant interference” from the BBC chiefs, stating how he felt “drained and disheartened” after all the run-ins and recent set backs.
Due to this “lack of faith” in his decision making, Evans reportedly considered quitting just six months into his three year contract.
The source said: “Chris isn’t a quitter but it was all getting on top of him and he began wondering if it was all worth the hassle.
Chris Evans: Career in pictures
Chris Evans: Career in pictures
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Chris Evans in a studio, 1980s
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(L-R) Gaby Roslin, Chris Evans, Paula Yates and Mark Lamarr on Big Breakfast TV Show, 1992
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Chris Evans on the day of his 30th birthday, in London, 1996
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Chris Evans in 1997
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Chris Evans of England wears a policeman's hat having fun with Mark O'Meara captain of the USA team on the range before the fourball matches on the first day of All-Star Cup on the Roman Road Course at The Celtic Manor Resor in Newport, 2005
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Chris Evans and Ronan Keating arrive at the Gala Dinner on the first day of the Northern Rock All Star Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, 2006
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Chris Evans poses in the awards room with the Music Radio Personality of the Year Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2007 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London
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Chris Evans presents during 'Thank You For The Music - A Celebration Of The Music Of Abba' at Hyde Park in London, 2009
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Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and David Cameron appear on the Andrew Marr show on BBC TV in London, 2010
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Chris Evans and Moira Stuart during Chris Evans' first day as the host of the Breakfast show, the position he took over from Sir Terry Wogan, 2011
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Chris Evans interviews Luke Darlington (L) Prince Harry and JJ Chalmersfor his breakfast show at BBC Radio 2 Studios in London, 2014
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Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans attends the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco, 2015
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Chris Evans with Jeremy Clarkson outside BBC Radio 2 Studios, 2015
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Chris Evans meets Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, following the launch of BBC Radios 2's '500 Words', a children's story writing competition which is supported by the duchess, in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London, 2015
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Chris Evans at the celebrity start at The London Marathon 2015 in London
“He was working his behind off and just didn’t feel the love coming back from certain BBC executives.”
“They were constantly on the case - and getting involved with production issues. It wasn’t something Chris is used to dealing with.
“He was being driven to distraction by all this when all he wanted to do was make good television.
“Things got so bad that he made his feelings very clear. It was more or less a ‘butt out or I’m out’ situation.
“Whether he would have carried out the threat is another issue - but the message was obvious.”
Evans’s Top Gear has suffered from numerous blows over the last few months, with photo’s emerging online of the presented apparently ‘throwing up’ by the side of a race course leading to claims he was “unfit for the job”.
In better news for the new Top Gear, ex-host James May came to it's defence saying he “hopes Evans does well”, while also criticising the BBC for broadcasting a ‘best of’ program over the Christmas period.Reuse content