American actor Matt LeBlanc has today been revealed as one of the new presenters of motoring entertainment show, Top Gear. LeBlanc’s appointment marks the first time the show has ever had a non-British host in its 39-year history.
Despite filming the finale of global hit TV comedy 'Friends' almost 12 years ago, LeBlanc remains a popular international personality on both the big and small screens, recently winning a best actor Golden Globe for popular BBC comedy 'Episodes'.
The actor is also already a familiar face to Top Gear viewers, having been a two-time guest on the show and the fastest celebrity to date around the Top Gear track in its "reasonably priced car". LeBlanc also presented the recent standalone spin-off 'Top Gear: The Races', where he led fans through some of the most memorable racing moments from the previous 22 series.
Host Chris Evans said of his new Top Gear co-presenter: “Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he's joining Top Gear. Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we’ll both be debating some epic road trip ideas. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to on screen later this year."
Matt LeBlanc added: “As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter. What a thrill!”
Alan Tyler, the BBC’s acting controller for entertainment commissioning also commented: “Matt is a class act and a brilliant signing for Top Gear. He is a self-confessed car fanatic with a passion for the programme. I’m really looking forward to watching Chris and Matt bring the all new show to our audiences.”
LeBlanc joins production immediately and additional Top Gear cast members will be confirmed shortly. The much-anticipated return of the revamped show is expected to land on TV screens in the UK this May on BBC Two.