The Newest Presenter for Top Gear Is... Matt LeBlanc?

BBC America announced Thursday that Matt LeBlancFriends and Episodes star and noted "petrolhead," will be joining the upcoming Top Gear return. The once and forever Joey Tribbiani will co-host the car show with Chris Evans (not Captain America, a different Chris Evans).

LeBlanc is the first non-British host in the long-running BBC show's history. He is no stranger to the Top Gear universe, though, as he's currently hosting the spin-off Top Gear: The Races on BBC America. He also holds the record for fastest celebrity lap on the Top Gear track.

"As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honored and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter. What a thrill!" LeBlanc said in a statement.

Additional Top Gear cast members will be announced at a later date.

LeBlanc is joining a somewhat rebooted new season of Top Gear. He and Evans are taking over for longtime hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, who left the show last year under controversial circumstances. They are developing a new series for Amazon Prime.

Top Gear returns May 8.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Feb 06, 2016
Great idea, now every attractive woman who is in the audience will have to hear 'hey, how you doin'?' every single time. Can we get Matthew Perry on board as well? can't wait for them to get down with the banter about cars and old pop culture references starting with: 'hey remember that one time in Friends episode x season x?'

If you didn't notice the sarcasm, I understand. It's sometimes it's so advanced that even myself miss the marker... and I wrote it!

But seriously though, Matt is a great guy and I see why they want him on board. Besides the fact that he is American (hello US/Canadian viewer!) and from a period which most people from the millennial demographic go: 'hey, isn't that Joey from Friends?' he would be a great asset as a slightly witty face.

It's also a very good choice financially because Matt is going to milk that BBC cow like a pro. The show will probably last a few episodes, the first episode will probably garner a few million but after that -or something really magical happens in the first episode which I highly doubt- they will call it a day.

If I would say anything about this: BBC knows they are swimming upstream in a tsunami but hey, at least they try.
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Feb 06, 2016
Cynical marketing decision: stick an American in and hope the Americans watch. Desperate move by the BBC.
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Feb 05, 2016
Top Gear is deader than Disco. I will stick with the three guys who are the show whatever it is now called, like everybody else I suspect.
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Feb 05, 2016
I'm going to check this out just to see if it's any good. could be awful!! at least the guys are back with there own show as well. two top gears for the price of one.
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Feb 04, 2016
Weird choice, does not make we want to watch this at all.
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Feb 04, 2016
It's a little bizarre. I find him sort of dull and I can't see him getting into the same enthusiastic hijinx of the original three "presenters". All I know of Chris Evans is that he some rich Brit celeb who owns a million dollar Ferrari convertible.

I always liked that German girl that appeared three or four times on Top Gear. Can't remember her name at the moment, but she was pretty cool. I always thought that if one of the three original hosts ever left, the show should hire her as a replacement, if that were possible. In fact, I would have had her as a fourth host.
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Feb 05, 2016
sabina i think was her name and she is the host of the german top gear. they did a crossover ep once. the brits v germans.

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Feb 11, 2016
Sabine Schmitz has been announced as one of the new hosts of Top Gear, so hooray! I don't think she did a German series. They are going to have seven hosts / presenters / reviewers that now include Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, and Rory Reid plus The Stig.
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Feb 05, 2016
I wondered if there was a German Top Gear and originally questioned that in my post before rewriting it. Now it makes me want to watch the German Top Gear. BBC America aired a season of Australia's Top Gear. With all the incarnations of Top Gear BBCA has, you would think they would put on a special or series of specials showing the best of any international versions, even of they have to use subtitles.
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Mar 05, 2016
They had a series of challenges against their german counterparts some years ago. I dunno if it was germany top gear or a similar concept. Sebine was one of the 3 people and they also had another racer and a guy in a suit.
i'm just disappointed there was never a uk vs us set of challenges. All we got was tanner of the us tg racing may individually.
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Feb 04, 2016
Fantastic. Yes really. Matt Le Blanc is brilliant in Episodes and is a great actor. But this isn't about acting, it's about the ability to engage the audience be entertaining and know the subject. Which he will is and does.
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Feb 04, 2016
Just in case you needed another reason to avoid this debacle.
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Feb 04, 2016
Shouldn't a host appear at least a little bit intelligent?
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Feb 04, 2016
Have you not seen the show? :-)
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Feb 05, 2016
Touche.
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Feb 04, 2016
Whilst I doubt Top Gear will ever be as good without the old hosts, I do think Matt LeBlanc is a great choice and hope it works.
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Feb 04, 2016
The interesting thing will be how many people watch the Amazon version. I'm skeptical that many people will pay £80 for a year's subscription just for one show. Although I guess the network may be more popular than I'm aware of.
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Feb 04, 2016
One of the things that "made" Top Gear was the camaraderie of the three amigos, and how well they played off each other. Especially on their road trips. I just don't see that happening with the Top Gear replacements. I suspect that if the BBC hires another host ( sorry, PRESENTER), they will bend to idiotic political correctness and it will be a woman. I have nothing against women, mind you, but it would change the entire dynamic of the show and the way the hosts (DANG IT! PRESENTERS) banter with each other, and in this venue I think it wouldn't work as well.
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Feb 04, 2016
So this is the last season of BBC's Top Gear then? Got it.
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Feb 04, 2016
I'm pretty sure that was a foregone conclusion the instant the "trio" left -- there pretty much isn't ANY choice or combination they could bring in that would let the show be close enough to its former template.
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Feb 05, 2016
top gear is running from the 70's it will never be canceled just changed the bbc has said so. if the presenter dont work they will be replaced

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Feb 04, 2016
Matt LeBlanc? Nah. Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson isn't Top Gear. There's news about the new show on Amazon. No date has been announced yet but it will probably somewhere in the autumn of this year Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May signed a contract for 3 x 12 episodes, each of 60 minutes in length. The name of the show is not known yet but it there's a good chance this will be... drum roll... Gear Knobs. Gear Knobs? LOL. Well it could be worse. The trademark name 'Gear Knobs' has been registered by Clarkson's law firm. But they also registered the name 'Speedbird'.

And on that bombshell... Goodnight.


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Feb 04, 2016
Jeremy tweeted that it won't be Gear Knobs, thank goodness.
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Feb 04, 2016
I agree. So it's a mystery why he registered the name.
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Feb 04, 2016
Maybe that's what he uses with the ladies.
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Feb 04, 2016
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Feb 04, 2016
No.
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