Matt LeBlanc signs on for two more years on Top Gear
Matt LeBlanc has signed a deal to appear on Top Gear for at least two more years.
The former Friends actor joined host Chris Evans for the recent 23rd series of the show, which aired earlier this year. While Evans later stepped down as the result of criticism over his hosting skills, LeBlanc received positive press and is now expected to present subsequent series alone.
BBC Two editor Patrick Holland said: “I am thrilled Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear. He’s a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year.”
BBC Studios director Mark Linsey said: “Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us.”
Guest presenters Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz will also reprise their roles on the show – and of course The Stig is set to return.
LeBlanc will receive £2 million for his signature, a pay rise the BBC finally accepted after the loss of Great British Bake Off earlier this month.
According to The Sun, “Bake Off going to Channel 4 was a disaster and a real blow. Losing Matt because of a few diary arrangements would have spun Top Gear into crisis yet again…
“In the end they just wanted to sign up Matt as he’s great with the fans and gives the show stability as it’s due to start filming within days.”