Is Chris Evans Spinning Out Of Control?
Sources say TopGear’s new host is acting like a divaby Robert Moore, on
For those of you who don’t know, Chris Evans – one of the new hosts for BBC’s TopGear – also works a morning radio broadcast show on BBC Radio 2. We’ve already heard the reports that Evans was struggling to work more than four hours on the TopGear set, but now, it looks like things are getting even worse.
A source that is reportedly from BBC told The Sun that Evans is taking out his frustrations on the BBC staff. At one point, Evans apparently yelled “so viciously that [a] producer was reduced to tears, and an engineer had to tell him to stop.” A source also told The Sun that “The Radio 2 show is the country’s most popular. But Chris is turning up exhausted and miserable, and his staff has 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.”
As you would expect, BBC has denied the claims and said Evans has “displayed even greater commitment and professionalism.” The reason behind his problems in the past has been that he’s waking up “at the crack of dawn” five days a week to host the three-hour radio show, then departing to work on TopGear. As a star in both enterprises, Evan’s claims it is difficult to keep up. The Sun’s BBC source had even more to say about the situation, however, saying “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.”
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Why it matters
Whether the most recent outbreak is true or not is really anybody’s guess. For all we know, that source from BBC could have something against Evans. But, with the way it sounds, Evans bit off a little more than he could chew by taking on the radio show and TopGear. I for one don’t feel sorry for him. I’ve never been in television or radio, but I’ve worked two full-time jobs and pulled 90 hours a week. It’s hard, but it’s not a good excuse to treat people horribly or act out in a fit of rage.
If the rumors coming out of the source at BBC are accurate, Evan’s better get it together before BBC refuses to renew his contract as well. After the situation with Jeremy Clarkson, it’s pretty clear that the powers that be over at BBC don’t have a problem doing that.