Matt LeBlanc is looking increasingly likely to return to Top Gear with reports suggesting the Friends star will take on the role of main presenter alongside a brand new co-host.
According to The Mirror, the Friends favourite has been offered a new and improved £1m deal to sign up for another series, which is double what he earned last time around.
A surprise addition to the new line-up that was headed up by Chris Evans, while the Ginger One garnered plenty of negative reviews for his performance on the new-look version of the motoring show, it was a different story for LeBlanc.
Viewed as a welcome addition to the team by most viewers, Evans earmarked the American as the man to take Top Gear forwards after announcing his own decision to step down from the role after just one series.
LeBlanc has so far remained coy on the topic though, claiming nothing is official as yet.
However, a source close to the show told The Mirror has suggested otherwise:
“Matt was one of the positive aspects of the last series, he is keen to return and we definitely want him back so it will happen, we just need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘ts’.”
In another potential twist though, LeBlanc could yet be joined by a surprise new co-host in the form of former Saturday Kitchen favourite James Martin.
The TV chef stepped down from his role on the programme after ten years at the helm earlier this year in a bid to pursue other projects.
He subsequently emerged as a contender for one of the presenting roles on Top Gear and, despite missing out last time around, could be brought on board as the BBC looks to secure more in the way of established presenting talent.
According to The Express, Martin even hinted at a possible move to the show during an appearance on This Morning.
Discussing the story surrounding LeBlanc’s potential Top Gear return, Martin cryptically added “I’m not saying anything…I’m keeping quiet!”
Asked to divulge more on the subject, the former BBC man quickly moved on to a new topic in a move that will have the online rumour mill going into overdrive.
More developments over the future of the motoring show are expected in the coming weeks.
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