Matt LeBlanc has signed a deal with the BBC to continue hosting Top Gear.
The American actor, best known for his role of Joey Tribbiani in the popular NBC sitcom Friends, will present two more series of the motoring programme under the terms of the new deal.
“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.” – Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two
LeBlanc made his debut as Top Gear host earlier this year working with Chris Evans who announced in July that after one series he is departing the show.
Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid were also part of a new presenting line-up assembled by the beeb following the conduct-related sacking of Jeremy Clarkson in 2015 and the subsequent voluntary departures of James May and Richard Hammond.
Chris Harris and Rory Reid will join LeBlanc for the twenty-fourth series which will also see Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig make regular appearances.
“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.” – Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios
Top Gear will return to BBC Two next year.