'He is the captain Top Gear truly needs going forward, the perfect torso for the rest of TG's limbs'
Evans said of his departure: 'Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough'
LeBlanc has proved popular on the show, along with guests hosts Rory Reid, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan
Evans announced his decision to step down a day ago
Chris Evans has resigned. FACT.
He hosted the BBC Two motoring show for just six episodes
Fewer than 2 million people tuned in to watch the finale
What did (and didn't) work for the new presenters
Overall the third episode with new host Chris Evans received a much warmer response from fans
A short lesson in how to unwittingly spoil a Hollywood actor's day
'Overnight television viewing figures for Top Gear have never been less relevant'
Evans' co-host Matt LeBlanc has so far proved more popular with viewers
Do they really think there is anything novel about taking the mickey out of Reliant three-wheelers?
Top Gear is a show about how lovely it is to drive cars fast, filmed at a point in history when we should all apparently be Spandex-clad bell-ringing berks on bikes – and I love it
Top Gear, BBC2, Sunday 8pm; Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle, Sky Atlantic Monday 1pm
Matt LeBlanc and Evans allegedly had to redo many of their lines