Matt LeBlanc warns Top Gear fans: Prepare for disappointment
Former F.R.I.E.N.D.S actor Matt LeBlanc has warned existing fans of Top Gear that they may not be pleased with the motoring show’s new direction when it returns to BBC Two this Sunday (May 29).
Speaking of what changes will come with the new presenting lineup of he and Chris Evans, LeBlanc told Vulture:
“Is it the same Top Gear? No. Those guys are gone. We’re here now, and we’re going to do the best job we can. We’re not them, they’re not us. Will it be better? Will it be worse? It’ll be different, but it’ll still have that same feel. It’ll still have elements of the old show present, but if you only want to watch ‘Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson’, then it’s probably not for you.”
LeBlanc continued: “I’m not him, he’s not me. From what I’ve seen so far, the show’s working. It’s entertaining. If you want to be entertained with a car show, I think it’s a good show. [But] it’s not Chris and I doing Jeremy Clarkson impressions”.
In other words, LeBlanc has come out and confirmed our suspicions that what we really liked about the old show left the BBC building along with Clarkson, Hammond and May. And we’re not alone in our doubts. Just take the teaser trailer below, which had received 5,267 thumbs up vs 11,746 thumbs down on YouTube at the time this piece was written.
Meanwhile, Chris Evans emphasised the similarities of the new season to what came before it in a BBC interview published earlier today:
“If you’re changing the presenter lineup of a show, that’s pretty much change enough. There was nothing wrong with the show at all; there was nothing wrong with the presentation of it. It’s just that something went wrong with one of the presenters … So why would we change it?”, Evans said to Louise Minchin.
One change we are aware of is that each episode of the new Top Gear will welcome two celebrity guests as opposed to one, to add an element of competition. Gordon Ramsay and Jesse Eisenberg will be the first to go head-to-head, which, to be fair, seems worth tuning in for by itself.
The 23rd season of Top Gear premieres this Sunday, May 29th, at 8:00pm on BBC Two.
See another sneak peek of Chris Evans in action below.