Top Gear showrunner Clare Pizey began overseeing the BBC show in 2016, when she says it was in “meltdown”. The BBC boss stepped in as ratings plummeted to 1.9 million with Chris Evans at the helm.
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t want to do Top Gear
Speaking to the week’s Radio Times, she addressed the Virgin Radio DJ, 53, who had creative control of the programme when she joined.
Clare remained diplomatic about the presenter, who started fronting Top Gear after signing a three-year deal.
However, in a statement more than three years ago and after just one series, he tweeted: “Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough.
“The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best,” after appearing alongside Friends star Matt LeBlanc.
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Top Gear 2020: Showrunner Clare Pizey has opened up about former presenter Chris Evans (Image: BBC )
Top Gear 2020: Chris Evans quit the show in 2016 (Image: BBC)
Top Gear, which returns to screens on Sunday, is now hosted by Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.
“I’m going to be honest, I didn’t want to do it,” Clare admits, who before was the head of factual entertainment.
She continued: “I’ve been around long enough to know, when a show’s in meltdown, how terrifying it is for the team making that show.
“But I did know that I was senior enough that people would listen to me – if I said something’s not possible, I would be heard.”
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