Here's the full e-mail response from Michael Harvey:
I've gone part time Ray, I haven't left. I have two new gigs I can't talk abouy yet but one is in the UK and one in the US. Where my girl lives.... another reason why I've gone part time.
Additionally, we've also received the following statement from the BBC:
Michael Harvey is standing down as Editorial Director of Top Gear magazine from today but will continue his relationship with the brand as Editorial Consultant.
Creative Director Charlie Turner has been appointed Acting Editor and he and the team will continue to work with Michael in further developing the market leading motoring title. We wish Michael all the best and are hugely grateful for his work on the magazine over the last six years during which he has guided the title to considerable successes.