Tuesday 27 September 2016

Friends star Matt LeBlanc joins Chris Evans on 'Top Gear'

Hannah Furness in London

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Friends actor Matt LeBlanc with Chris Evans and The Stig, as LeBlanc is to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear, the BBC said Photo: PA
Friends actor Matt LeBlanc with Chris Evans and The Stig, as LeBlanc is to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear, the BBC said Photo: PA

Matt LeBlanc, the American actor who rose to fame as Joey in 'Friends', has been revealed as the new 'Top Gear' presenter.

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LeBlanc (48) will join Chris Evans in the new presenting line-up, and becomes the first non-British host in the show's 39-year history.

A photograph issued by Evans as he made the announcement on Twitter also included The Stig, suggesting that element of 'Top Gear' will remain firmly intact.

The revamped show is due back on BBC Two in May, after a much-publicised change in presenters as Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May departed for Amazon following a "fracas".

LeBlanc, who also stars in BBC comedy 'Episodes', is already familiar to 'Top Gear' viewers, after appearing on the show twice as a guest.

He holds the records for the fastest celebrity to date around the 'Top Gear' track in its "reasonably priced car".

He also recently presented the standalone spin-off 'Top Gear: The Races', where he led fans through some of the most memorable racing moments from the previous 22 series.

LeBlanc said of his appointment: "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!"

The appointment of a famous face is likely to be a significant boost for the show's BBC Worldwide sales, with the previous line-up bringing in millions of pounds for the corporation thanks to their global popularity.

Evans said of his new 'Top Gear' sidekick: "Matt's a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I'm thrilled he's joining 'Top Gear'.

(© Daily Telegraph London)

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