Top Gear: Friends star Matt LeBlanc to present with Chris Evans

Do not adjust your set. Joey from Friends really is doing Top Gear.

Matt LeBlanc Top GearImage Picture BBC

Top Gear has just confirmed a new presenter to host the show alongside Chris Evans – and it’s someone totally unexpected.

Matt LeBlanc, yes Joey from Friends, will be getting behind the wheel with Evans and a returning Stig. More presenters are expected to be revealed soon.

“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!” LeBlanc said.

The Golden Globe-winning actor isn’t completely alien to the BBC’s flagship motoring show. He’s twice appeared as the Star In The Reasonably Priced Car, topping the leaderboard back in 2012.

He also hosted spinoff show Top Gear: The Races, which recapped the best racing moments from the show’s previous 22 series.

“Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear,” said Chris Evans.

“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.”

“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.”

LeBlanc will be the first ever non-Brit to host the show in its 39-year history. He’s expected to be joined by German race driver Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalist Chris Harris.

The move further cements LeBlanc’s relationship with the Beeb after he took on the lead role in their sitcom Episodes.

Alan Tyler, the BBC’s Acting Controller for Entertainment Commissioning, said of the appointment: “Matt is a class act and a brilliant signing for Top Gear. He is a self-confessed car fanatic with a passion for the programme.

“I’m really looking forward to watching Chris and Matt bring the all new show to our audiences.”

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