It allegedly comes just months ahead of the start of filming for the second series, which is due to begin in September.
The rumours also emerged as the show’s bosses face a rapidly declining audience, with just 2.34 million people tuning into last week’s episode. The lowest audience posted by the show’s former team, led by Jeremy Clarkson, was 2.36 million in June 2003.
“Matt’s indicated he won’t continue on any further series if Chris remains. He is far from the only one who is not happy.”