It’s official! Matt LeBlanc is to host the new series of Top Gear along side Chris Evans and other ‘to be confirmed’ presenters
The BBC has announced that Matt LeBlanc, former Friends
star and well-known car enthusiast, is to take on the roll of Top Gear presenter. He will work along side Chris Evans in the next series of the popular entertainment show, due to start in May.
Despite many rumours about potential co-hosts, this is the first official announcement regarding Evans’ co-hosts, with additional Top Gear cast members to be 'confirmed shortly'.
As well as starring in Friends
and more recently BBC comedy series Episodes
, LeBlanc previously appeared on Top Gear to take part in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment, setting the fasted lap ever recorded by a non-professional driver.
Top Gear has been one of the BBC’s most profitable exports for a number of years, helping BBC worldwide to generate more than £40m a year. Much of the credit went to the previous star of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, who was fired following an violent outburst and 'fracas' during the filming of the last series in 2015.
Clarkson’s co-stars James May and Richard Hammond took the decision to leave Top Gear at the same time, and the trio quickly signed a huge deal with Amazon to produce a new motoring show for the company’s online streaming service Prime.