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Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc’s relationship 'breaks down' following Cenotaph stunt in fresh Top Gear blow

Mirror logo Mirror 13/04/2016 By Zoe Shenton
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New Top Gear hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc’s relationship has reportedly broken down in a fresh blow to hit the new-look BBC Two show.

The pair are said to have fallen out following last month's Cenotaph stunt which was heavily criticised at the time for being disrespectful.

According to a report, the radio host - who apologised on air following the backlash - blames the former Friends actor for it turning into a PR disaster.

A source told The Sun: "Matt was never Chris’s choice - it was a decision forced upon him to attract the US market.

“He accepted it and was desperate to strike up a bond when they were filming, but the spark just wasn’t there.

"Since the Cenotaph, their relationship’s deteriorated. Chris thinks Matt severely damaged the brand. Behind the scenes it’s very frosty between them."

It’s just the latest blow to hit the revamped show which is due to air next month.

Fans recently slated the new trailer which showed Chris in his new role for the first time.

Reacting to the footage on Facebook, fan Ethan Wright fumed: "Looks like it will conform to the politically correct agenda the BBC wanted real Top Gear to always be. This show will be apocalyptically boring without the humor or Clarkson, May and Hammond.”

Chris Evans: Top Gear Cenotaph stunt should not be shown on tv

Mick Brawn then added: "The BBC made a choice to pitch this new line up against the original casts new show on Amazon. What they overlooked is Clarkson and co have a huge budget and a free hand on the content, no more political correctness of the BBC holding them back.

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"I think the BBC will regret this decision as an unfettered Clarkson will be unstoppable lol.. The BBC should have completely revamped Topgear rather than trying to compete."

Meanwhile, Netflix has confirmed that it will stream the show internationally meaning it will be in direct competition with the old Top Gear hosts’ new show on Amazon.

Mirror TV has contacted Top Gear for comment.

Top Gear presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc arrive at Heathrow with the Top Gear production team but Chris leaves separately from the crew as tension builds between the production team and the presenter

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