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Matt LeBlanc has signed a two-series deal with the BBC to become the host of Top Gear when it returns in 2017. The former Friends star will be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and the Stig.
BBC2’s channel editor, Patrick Holland, said: “I am thrilled that 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 BBC2 next year.”
Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios added: “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 thrilled that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us. With Chris and Rory joining Matt, we have a formidable team.”
Chris Evans departed the show in July flowing disappointing ratings.