Evans said of his departure: 'Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough'
Clarkson, Hammond, and May are currently filming in Italy
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.
Fewer than 2 million people tuned in to watch the finale
What did (and didn't) work for the new presenters
Ratings climbed by over 300,000 viewers, after the previous episode's record low; amongst rumours Matt LeBlanc is threatening to quit the show
'It is a lot of fun. I was a big fan of it before and then I went on it to promote Episodes and did a good time in the car. I set the record'
Host Chris Evans has defended the show and argued that overnight viewing figures 'have never been less relevant'
Though some attributed its success to a notable reduction in presence by host Chris Evans, who has received criticism for being too "shouty"
Overall the third episode with new host Chris Evans received a much warmer response from fans
Evans' co-host Matt LeBlanc has so far proved more popular with viewers
One audience member claimed: 'It sounded as though we were in fits of hysterics'
'Johannesburg is a fantastic place to start'
Viewing figures for the first episode were lower than expected, following a popular backlash and lukewarm critical reviews