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Matt LeBlanc named as new Top Gear co-presenter

He’ll be working alongside Chris Evans, a slightly less surprising selection.

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YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T see it coming – Friends star Matt LeBlanc has been named as the new Top Gear co-presenter.

The actor will be presenting the show next to Chris Evans, a slightly less unexpected choice who was announced last June.

Although most might think of his hapless character Joey’s approach to cars, LeBlanc is actually quite a dab hand behind the wheel.

He set an as-yet-unbeaten lap time of 1min 42.1s during the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car segment of an episode of Top Gear, and has also appeared on the show – even presenting a special one-off – since.

“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,” said the actor. “What a thrill!”

Evans described LeBlanc as “a lifelong fellow petrolhead” and said he “can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to on screen later this year”.

Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from Top Gear last summer after punching the Irish producer of the show.

Following his sacking, Clarkson said that the incident was “my own silly fault”.

What do you think about LeBlanc being announced as a Top Gear presenter? Tell us in the comments. 

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