Matt LeBlanc signs up for two more years of Top Gear
MATT LeBlanc has signed on to front Top Gear for two more years in a new deal with the BBC.
The former Friends star will return to front the hit BBC Two motoring show in 2017, unlike former co-presenter Chris Evans, who stood down earlier this year when ratings for the new-look show plummeted, saying he gave it his best shot, but it was “not enough”.
Evans dubbed LeBlanc the “captain” of the show, and said he should remain, while dismissing claims the pair’s working relationship had suffered due to poor reviews when the show returned following the high-profile departure of former hosting trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
"Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he's just such a pro,” Evans said of his co-star.
LeBlanc will now be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and fan favourite The Stig.
BBC Two's channel editor, Patrick Holland, said: “I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear. He's a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can't wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year.”
BBC Studios director Mark Linsey added: “Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn't be more delighted that he's agreed to come back and do more for us.”