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Top Gear bosses 'warned Chris Evans not to be a Corbyn'

BBC bosses reportedly warned Top Gear host Chris Evans not to "be a Corbyn", comparing his desire to stay on the motoring show to Labour leader Jeremy who is being pressured to quit

Chris Evans was reportedly warned not to follow in Jeremy Corbyn's footsteps by refusing to quit Top Gear.

The 50-year-old presenter announced his decision to quit the motoring programme on Monday (04Jul16), writing in a Twitter statement: "Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best."

However, it has now been claimed that Chris was in two minds about whether or not to leave the BBC series, but bosses told him not to dither over the decision. They are even said to have used Labour leader Corbyn as an example of how not to resign. The politician is refusing to quit as leader of his party, despite his MPs passing a motion of no confidence in him.

"When Chris said he had doubts about staying on, they reminded him of the current political situation and told him, ‘Don’t be a Corbyn'," a source told The Sun newspaper.

"It was obvious something needed to change and those in charge weren’t willing to convince him to stay."

The publication also reports that Chris told his friends that he was concerned about being compared to former Manchester United manager David Moyes, who was sacked after just one season.

While Chris has stepped down from the show, his co-host Matt LeBlanc is believed to be staying on. According to The Sun, Top Gear bosses are "very confident" that the former Friends star will sign a new deal after his original contract for the series expired last week (ends03Jul16).

As Chris arrived for his daily show on Radio 2 on Tuesday (05Jul16) he stayed silent as he was questioned by waiting reporters about leaving the series.

However, once he took to the airwaves Chris told his listeners: "Today's show is dedicated to all the Top Gear gang, and today's show is entitled; Breathe In Breathe Out, Move On."

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