American actor Matt LeBlanc is set to be Chris Evans’ co-presenter for the new series of Top Gear.
The BBC have today announced that LeBlanc, known around the world for his portrayal of ladies man Joey Tribbiani in the sitcom Friends, will stand alongside radio DJ and presenter Chris Evans when the show returns in May.
The programme has been a staple of British television in recent years, but there was doubt cast over its future following the BBC’s decision to not renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract.
Clarkson, along with fellow former presenters Richard Hammond and James May, are now making a new motor-themed show for Amazon Prime.
The BBC decided to let Clarkson go after he was surrounded by controversy following a public ‘disagreement’ with one of Top Gear‘s producers.
LeBlanc, who recently made a return to the small screen as himself, or at least a version of himself, in the TV comedy Episodes, is a well known motor head.
He has consistently expressed his love of cars and is the celebrity with the fastest lap ever as a guest on the Top Gear segment “star in a reasonably priced car”.
The BBC have said that additions to the cast will be revealed shortly with an expectation that a third presenter will be announced.
LeBlanc has history with the show, having presented Top Gear: The Races, a spin-off for the BBC Store, and has stated that he is “honoured and thrilled” to join the Top Gear team.
Whether LeBlanc will be enough to bring in the views or not we won’t know until May, but he is an exciting appointment for the reinvigorated Top Gear and certainly one not many were expecting.
Presenting a factual entertainment programme is not something the actor is known for and it will be interesting to see if he can live up to the legacy left behind by previous presenters.