“I’ll be there for you… when the rain starts to pour…”
In a surprising move, former Friends star Matt LeBlanc will now be one of the new presenters of Top Gear when the motoring programme returns to BBC Two in May. The US actor will be the show’s first non-British host in its 39-year history.
“Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear,” said Chris Evans of his new colleague. “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.”
LeBlanc is similarly excited. “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,” he said. “What a thrill!”
LeBlanc has twice appeared on Top Gear on its popular “star in a reasonably priced car” segment and holds the record for the fastest ever celebrity lap.
According to the BBC, the Golden Globe winner will join production on the new series of Top Gear “immediately” and that additional Top Gear cast members will be confirmed shortly.