Matt LeBlanc to co-host “Top Gear”
Former “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc is lined up to be the first non-British “Top Gear” host in the show’s history.
The 48 year old will be joining the BBC’s Chris Evans in fronting a new incarnation of the automotive program.
LeBlanc twice appeared as a guest on the show in its ‘Star In a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment, and holds the record for fastest lap by a celebrity around the test track.
LeBlanc says he “can’t believe the response” to the news that he will co-host when the show returns in May.
“I knew Top Gear was a big show,” he told co-host Chris Evans. “But, wow, I was on the front page of the New York Times. There was so much I couldn’t read it all. Thanks to Top Gear and the BBC, my day has been ducking paparazzi all day long.”
Meanwhile, the show’s former presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are preparing their new Amazon Prime show to rival “Top Gear”, after Clarkson was sacked following a well-publicized meltdown last March.