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It's Strop Gear! Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc take separate cars home
Evans said to be less than impressed with co-host's relaxed attitude to cenotaph stunt
Chris Evans' chose to flag down his own taxi instead of share a car with Top Gear co-host Matt LeBlanc when the pair jetted into Heathrow last week.
Both presenters are said to have been set to share a pre-booked hire from the London airport after arriving from filming together in Venice, Italy.
But Evans is claimed to have rejected the offer and jumped in his own cab instead.
The Radio 2 breakfast host is even reported to have argued with one of the travelling party before storming off on his own.
The bizarre knock back has done nothing to quell rumours the petrol-head pair are at loggerheads on set.
Matt LeBlanc during the Top Gear filming in London earlier this month.
Show insiders claim the atmosphere between the two is 'tense' following the former Friends star's ill-advised doughnut stunt beside the cenotaph in London.
Evans, 49, is allegedly annoyed by how LeBlanc, 48, responded to the uproar the controversial segment - which the BBC have since opted not to broadcast - caused.
He is said to be less than impressed with the American actor's relaxed approach to the stunt, saying he had no idea it was ever planned.
That response, in turn, frustrated LeBlanc, who sources claim feels he is being held almost entirely responsible for the incident.
One insider told The Mirror: 'Chris felt Matt didn't take the Cenotaph incident seriously enough and Matt hasn't been happy about being blamed for it.
'Another issue is Chris is involved in sorting out filming and the nuts and bolts of the show as "creative lead".
'Matt, on the other hand, just turns up and treats the whole thing as a blast.'
The pair put on a united front as they posed for a photograph with the new-look show's other presenters.
Uploaded to Twitter by LeBlanc, the image shows Evans looking less than thrilled while standing with Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz in Venice - the former of whom the TV favourite is said to have formed a strong bond with over their mutual love of partying.
With just two months until the BBC programme is set to return to our screens, the rumoured fall-out between the show's two main hosts has become the latest in a long line of setbacks.
Lisa Clark, appointed the show's executive producer, left filming after five months - with Evans reported to be the reason.
Script editor Tom Ford left a short time later before controller Kate Shillinglaw, in charge of putting the new Top Gear on the air, quit her job in January this year.
Since then, Evans is reported to have struggled with motion sickness while behind the wheel.
Former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will debut their new Amazon Prime series in the northern hemisphere autumn.