The BBC show Top Gear has announced that Matt LeBlanc most known for Friends will be one of its new presenters. LaBlanc will join the show when it comes back in May. He will join British comedian Chris Evans (not the Captain America one) while the BBC says that more casting announcements will come at a later date.
Evans is excited to start working with his new colleague. “Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear” he said. “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.”
LaBlanc is best known for playing the role of Joey Tribbiani on Friends and its spin off Joey and currently for his Golden Globe winning portrayal of himself in Episodes. LaBlanc has history with Top Gear. He has appeared as a guest and also hosted a spin off show called Top Gear: The Races last January. In fact LaBlanc holds the record for fastest time on Top Gear’s popular segment, Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. The decision to have LaBlanc as the new Top Gear host is a bit of a surprise to some since he will be the shows first non-British presenter in the show’s 39 year history.
If he is having any fears about his new jobs LaBlanc is not letting it show. In a statement by the BBC he said, “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, What a thrill!”
Top Gear is having to embark on this new chapter because the show lost all of its former presenters. Former host Jeremy Clarkson was fired from the show last March over an incident when he allegedly punched one of the shows producers while on location. With Clarkson’s departure his co-stars Richard Hammond and James May decided to leave the show as well.
The new series of Top Gear featuring Matt LaBlanc will be coming to BBC2 in the U.K. and to BBC America in the US this May.