Matt Le Blanc has signed on for two more series of Top Gear to air on BBC Two commencing next year. After the controversy of Chris Evans’ (let’s say) interesting hosting of the popular motor show, he has stepped down as host saying he felt like a “round peg in a square hole”. This has now lead to Le Blanc taking the wheel of the BBC production, after the audience having a strong reaction to him last season. The BBC Studios director Mark Linsey saying “Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars” continuing to say he “couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us” — a chance Joey Tribbiani would only dream about!
Matt will be joined by Chris Harris, a journalist and racing driver, and Rory Ried, a journalist and television presenter to help carry the show; as well as special guests and of course The Stig. However, what is turning a few heads is that Le Blanc’s salary is not being released. Due to part of his salary being paid through BBC Worldwide; he is not entitled to disclose the figure under the royal charter as that only applies if the salary is paid by the TV licence fee. A BBC spokesman said that “Top Gear enjoys global success and as such has a commercial element to its funding, outside the licence fee”
Even though the show will never be the same without Clarkson, Hammond and May; the prestigious show deserves the best of luck with its 24th season.