American actor Matt LeBlanc has today been revealed as one of the new presenters of the upcoming and eagerly awaited return of Top Gear.
LeBlanc will join BBC Radio Host Chris Evans on the revamped series, his appointment marks the first time the show has ever had a non-British host in its 39-year history.
The return of Top Gear is currently scheduled to premiere this May. In Australia, Top Gear will air on BBC Knowledge. Its yet to be confirmed if the Nine Network will retain FTA broadcast rights for the series
Matt LeBlanc is already a familiar face to Top Gear viewers, having been a two-time guest on the show and the fastest celebrity to date around the Top Gear track in its reasonably priced car. LeBlanc also presented the recent standalone spin-off Top Gear: The Races, where he led fans through some of the most memorable racing moments from the previous 22 series.
He joins production immediately and additional Top Gear cast members will be confirmed shortly.
The changes to Top Gear come after former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond departed the show to create a new motoring program for Amazon.
Chris Evans said of his new Top Gear presenter: “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."
Matt LeBlanc commented: “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!”
Alan Tyler, the BBC’s Acting Controller for Entertainment Commissioning said: “Matt is a class act and a brilliant signing for Top Gear. He is a self-confessed car fanatic with a passion for the programme. I’m really looking forward to watching Chris and Matt bring the all new show to our audiences.”