Top Gear will be getting a bit friendlier when it returns this May.
BBC has confirmed that former Friends star Matt LeBlanc will be joining the car enthusiast program this season, where he will co-host alongside Chris Evans. LeBlanc’s casting will mark the first time the series has featured a non-British host in its 39-year history. To his credit, the 48-year-old actor not only has experience with the BBC, starring in the British-American sitcom Episodes, but is also a self-professed car buff who holds the fastest lap time in the series’ popular “Star in a Reasonably Fast Car” segment.
“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,” said LeBlanc in a statement. “What a thrill!”
Chris Evans, who unfortunately does not also play Captain America in a massively-popular movie franchise, had nothing but good thing’s to say about his new co-host: Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear. 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.”
Top Gear hit a major speedbump last year when longtime host Jeremy Clarkson was dismissed after coming to blows with one of the show’s producers, prompting his fellow hosts and friends James May and Richard Hammond to quit. The trio will be back in a brand new auto series on Amazon Prime sometime this year.