BBC bosses have confirmed that Matt LeBlanc will return to host Top Gear for two more series.The former Friends star was a bit hit with fans of the motoring show when it returned to BBC Two for its first post-Jeremy Clarkson series.
While co-presenter Chris Evans was largely panned by viewers, LeBlanc’s easy humour and laid-back approach won him regular praise.
With Evans having quit the series after helping drive away millions of viewers with his “too shouty” and faux-manic routine, LeBlancwill take centre stage when the series returns next year.
He’ll be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig.
Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two 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.”
Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios 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.”