After three decades on our screens, Matt LeBlanc says he is ready to retire. “I would love that,” the current Top Gear host told Conan on Monday. “I would like to retire earlier than later, because I think I would like to do not a fucking thing. That’s what I would like to do. Just nothing. Nothing! Zero.”
In the interview, which has no doubt worried the BBC, LeBlanc said on a “typical day” of retirement, he would like to “sleep as long as you want…or get up early, if you want. It’s just not having to go somewhere or having someone else telling you what you have to do,” LeBlanc explained. “Maybe you go to the gym…or not go to the gym. Maybe you have nine cups of coffee…or not.”
“And it might be fun to “get up and go drive the bulldozer around—all day long,” LeBlanc pondered. “Maybe I’ll get another one. We could race ’em!”
That gave Conan an idea.
“You can come here every single day. We’d pay you something. It wouldn’t be what you’re accustomed to, but it’d be something,” he envisioned. “It would be like more than an intern but less than a producer.” It only took a moment for LeBlanc to say “all right,” which delighted O’Brien. “Look at that! It’s that easy! What you should do is announce your retirement right here on the air and start showing up every night,” he joked. “You should just retire right now.”
“Right now?” LeBlanc asked. “I quit! I’m done! I’m coming on board here.”
Obviously, LeBlanc wasn’t being serious about retiring right then and there on Conan’s show, but the question everyone will be wondering now is – Just how much longer will he keep going?
Understandably the BBC will be quite worried about the prospect of LeBlanc retiring, after Top Gear fans around the world awarded him the honour of having “saved the show” once again for Series 24, after he was credited as being the only redeeming feature of the much maligned Series 23.