Thursday 27 July 2017

‘You’re an a**ehole’ - Matt LeBlanc slammed by radio host for ‘disaster’ Top Gear interview

Matt LeBlanc on the Graham Norton Show
Matt LeBlanc on the Graham Norton Show
Friends actor Matt LeBlanc with Chris Evans and The Stig (BBC/PA)
Matt LeBlanc driving a new Rolls-Royce Dawn around Ireland's Ring of Kerry (BBC/PA)
Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans

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Matt LeBlanc has been blasted by an Australian radio host for barely speaking during a joint interview with his Top Gear co-star, British presenter Chris Evans.

The former Friends star and Chris were interviewed for Australia's Kyle and Jackie O Show, but the duo refused to play the entire pre-recorded chat on their programme Friday because host Kyle Sandilands was so annoyed with Matt, who barely answered any questions, making them struggle to start a conversation.

They aired excerpts from their chat, which Kyle called a "disaster" because Matt "said about 15 words in the whole interview."

For example, during their car-related exchange, the Top Gear duo were asked: "Do you guys believe that you can pull a chick if you have a good car?" and Matt replied, "Chick as in a chicken?"

Friends actor Matt LeBlanc with Chris Evans and The Stig (BBC/PA)
Friends actor Matt LeBlanc with Chris Evans and The Stig (BBC/PA)

In a chat about car air fresheners, he shuts down the conversation, saying: "I don't know. I don't use them."

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In between each clip, Kyle aired his frustration at Matt on air. He said:  “The guy’s an a**ehole... I was really p**sed off because I thought, why am I giving up my evening for these p**cks?”

At the end of the segment, Kyle said: “I now hate Matt LeBlanc... Here I was for the last 20 years feeling sorry that (TV spinoff) Joey didn’t work out and now I know why, because you’re an a**ehole.”

Matt LeBlanc driving a new Rolls-Royce Dawn around Ireland's Ring of Kerry (BBC/PA)
Matt LeBlanc driving a new Rolls-Royce Dawn around Ireland's Ring of Kerry (BBC/PA)

Despite his reluctance to chat for the radio show, Matt had plenty to say during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show, which airs on Irish TV on Friday night.

The actor recalled his love of cars from a young age, and showed a picture of the large bulldozer he owns.

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He admitted the show was "a lot bigger than I thought it was" and joked that he couldn't even escape Friends while filming the series.

Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans
Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans

“Friends just follows me around," he said. "I was recording a piece to the dashboard camera of the broken down car while being towed and driving past were two guys in a plumber’s truck who shouted out, ‘How you doin?’ We kept it in the show.”

In the first episode, which airs on BBC Two on Sunday, Matt and Chris drive three-wheeled cars -  with their roofs cut off - between London and Blackpool in north England, and Matt ends up with a car which "breaks down repeatedly" while Chris' "runs like a clock!”

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