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Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 14:10 GMT 15:10 UK
Evans quits doomed TFI
Chris Evans
Chris Evans created the show five years ago
Chris Evans has stepped down from hosting his ailing talk show TFI Friday, just weeks before the programme's final series starts.

Producers are now looking for a new presenter for the series, which returns to Channel 4 for a final eight-week run in a late-night slot on 3 November.

Launched in 1995, TFI Friday was one of Channel 4's most high-profile programmes, but has suffered bad reviews and falling ratings in the last couple of years, slipping behind repeats of The Simpsons on BBC Two.

Channel 4 decided not to renew the show's contract earlier this year, after a survey for the advertising industry magazine Campaign derided it as "get your ironing done TV". Even the Independent Television Commission said it was "not the attraction it once was".

A Channel 4 spokesman said the programme was likely to use guest presenters for the final series, which will be broadcast live from its base at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, west London.

The show initially went out live at six o'clock in the evening, but had to be pre-recorded after singer Shaun Ryder swore on air in 1996.

"We cannot confirm who will be presenting the new series at the moment, but it will probably be a different presenter each week," he explained.

Channel 4 has previously said it is keen to develop new shows with Evans, who is executive producer of TFI Friday.

He launched The Big Breakfast in 1992, and his Ginger Productions company made the game show Don't Forget Your Toothbrush.

Ginger currently produces Channel 4's Tuesday evening talk show, The Priory, hosted by Zoe Ball.

In January, Evans sold the company to media conglomerate SMG for 75m.

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