Matt LeBlanc to Host Top Gear

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
matt leblanc to host top gear

Former “Friends” star and current “Episodes” main character Matt LeBlanc will be heading to the BBC to co-host Top Gear with Chris Evans, Top Gear announced Thursday.

The news comes just before Evans, who’s experienced numerous setbacks with taping the new series, is set to headline BBC Worldwide’s annual showcase where he’ll be expected to sell the show to international broadcasters.

“The event signals the international trade launch of the new look Top Gear,” said BBC Worldwide. “More than 700 international television buyers will get the chance to see Chris Evans offer a glimpse of what’s in store for the new series of Top Gear.”

One of those things seems to be Mr. LeBlanc’s appointment as host, signalling the first time an American will co-host the program since the Clarkson era reboot.

Other co-hosts rumored for the show include “Queen of the ‘Ring” Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and David Coulthard. However, for Schmitz, the rumor has cooled after a recent interview she gave at the 24 Hours of Daytona where she stated she works a lot with Top Gear but not in a host capacity. David Coulthard was reportedly ruled out when he signed a deal with competitor Channel 4 to provide Formula 1 color commentary.

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  • The absolute BEST car show on Youtube is Jay Leno's. SaabKyle is cool, but Leno has better production values. I'm not interested in Top Gear America - or top Gear anymore at all. They had us send in demo videos and then completely ignore them? I'll just keep making my own crapppy videos and earning a measly $2000 a month or better with my poor production values and my unpredictable rants . *sigh*.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Feb 06, 2016

      "unpredictable rants" If find them rather predictable!

  • RHD RHD on Feb 04, 2016

    Matte Le Blank is the finish of the vinyl on the radio-delete cover.

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Feb 04, 2016

    Doesn't Hammond count as an honorary American?

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Feb 04, 2016

      "Oh, like your teeth have just become white." "Yes, in the same way that yours have gone green!"

  • Shortest Circuit Shortest Circuit on Feb 05, 2016

    Chris Harris actually cancelled his Patreon, so at least he is committed.