BREAKING: ‘I gave it my best shot…’ Chris Evans GONE from Top Gear

This afternoon, presenter Chris Evans has announced that he is stepping down from Top Gear and will no longer front the hit show.

"Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough," he said in a Twitter message. "The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best."

However, the 50-year-old added that he plans on maintaining his other projects, stating: "Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future."

This morning, police in the UK confirmed that following an allegation made by an anonymous woman in May, Mr Evans may be charged in relation to an incident of historical sex assault.

The woman, a former colleague, claims that he grabbed her breasts during the 1990s and furthermore claims that he regularly exposed himself in her presence. 

Chris has absolutely denied the accusations, which he says amount to nothing more than “witch hunt”. He has added: “All these bullying claims and other allegations are just ridiculous.”​

It is understood that Mr Evans made the decision to leave Top Gear last week.

Yesterday, just 1.9m viewers tuned into the show, which has been hit by falling ratings since the departure of controversial Jeremy Clarkson.

Mark Linsey, director of BBC Studios, said this afternoon: "Chris is stepping down from his duties on Top Gear. He says he gave it his best shot doing everything he could to make the show a success.

"He firmly believes that the right people remain, on both the production team and presenting team, to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be."