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Top Gear's Chris Evans' ego is 'out of control'

Chris Evans is reportedly causing concern among the Top Gear crew with his frequent outbursts.

Chris Evans reportedly reduced a producer to tears on the set of Top Gear.

The 50-year-old presenter took the reins of the BBC motoring programme following Jeremy Clarkson being fired from the show after he allegedly punched a crew member in a row over his lunch.

But now bosses are said to be growing increasingly concerned that Chris' volatility is going to lead to a similar situation they encountered with Jeremy.

"Chris’s ego is out of control and he’s behaving far worse than Clarkson ever did — which is the opposite of what the Top Gear change was meant to create," a source told The Sun newspaper.

One incident saw Chris allegedly "shout so viciously that the producer was reduced to tears and an engineer had to tell him to stop".

However, it is thought that it's Chris' tiredness, caused by his job hosting an early morning show on BBC Radio 2, that's leading to his outbursts.

"The Radio 2 show is the country’s most popular," the source added. "But Chris is turning up exhausted and miserable and his staff have noticed a huge difference. Top Gear’s a full-time job, but Radio 2 involves waking at dawn every day. It’s probably no surprise he seems close to breaking point."

BBC Director of Music and Radio 2 chief Bob Shennan have both denied the claims, issuing a statement reiterating just how impressed they have been with Chris' multi-tasking.

"Since taking on Top Gear alongside his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris has displayed even greater commitment and professionalism," the pair said in a statement to The Sun.

The revamped Top Gear has been marred by scandal despite the fact it's not due to be aired until May. One of the most controversial incidents occurred when Chris' co-presenter Matt LeBlanc was joined by a professional driver as they performed doughnuts just metres away from the Cenotaph war memorial in London. The act was deemed as "disrespectful" by many and led to Chris issuing an apology live on his Radio 2 show.

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