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Matt LeBlanc to leave Top Gear


Story by Jack Foley

MATT LeBlanc is to leave Top Gear after its next series.

The star of Friends and Episodes star first began presenting the BBC2 show alongside Chris Evans in 2016, before going on to front the show with Rory Reid and Chris Harris once Evans departed after his first series.

LeBlanc described Top Gear as being “great fun”, but felt the “time commitment and extensive travel… takes me away from my family and friends more than I’m comfortable with”.

“It’s unfortunate, but for these reasons I will not be continuing my involvement with the show,” he explained. “I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive.”

LeBlanc’s last series will be his fourth.

Commenting on LeBlanc’s announcement, BBC2 controller Patrick Holland said: “I want to thank the fabulous Matt LeBlanc for being a brilliant co-host on Top Gear. Matt has thrown himself into the show with real passion, revealing his extraordinary car knowledge and a willingness to get down and dirty.

“We were always going to be borrowing him from his day job as one of the top comic actors in Hollywood so I wish him all the very best. The next series of Top Gear [Matt’s last] promises to be something very special and we have great plans to welcome a new co-host to join the team for 2019 and beyond.”