In an unlikely casting choice, BBC’s Top Gear has announced Hollywood actor Matt LeBlanc as the co-host of the show. LeBlanc is best remembered as Joey Tribbiani from the cult show, Friends, in which he starred along with Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and David Schwimmer.
He will host Top Gear with Chris Evans, who is not a Hollywood actor, when it comes back on screen in May. Matt said in a statement, “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!”
Chris Evans said in a statement, “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.”
He is already a familiar face to Top Gear viewers, having appeared as a guest twice on the show and the fastest celebrity to date around the Top Gear track in its reasonably priced car.
The news came after the show - which is rebranding after former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond left earlier this year - was hit by major backroom departures. Clarkson was fired from the BBC for physically attacking a member of Top Gear’s production staff in March.