Matt LeBlanc to join Top Gear presenters

“If Joey is hosting #TopGear, won’t he always be stuck in second gear?”, asked one tweet.

Matt LeBlanc to join Top Gear presenters

But the BBC is banking on former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc driving up the ratings as he joins Chris Evans as a presenter on the new series of Top Gear.

Evans confirmed the news as he tweeted a picture of himself, LeBlanc, and The Stig.

The revamped version of the BBC show is due to air in May.

LeBlanc said: “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!”

Evans said LeBlanc, who is best known for his role as goofy lothario Joey in Friends, is a “lifelong petrolhead’’.

“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,” Evans said.

LeBlanc appeared on the original show in 2012 and set the fastest-ever time for their Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment. According to the official Top Gear website, he set an unbeaten lap time of 1m 42.1s in a Kia cee’d.

LeBlanc is no stranger to presenting for Top Gear and recently hosted a spin-off called Top Gear: The Races.

The seven-episode series saw the American actor going through the stand-out racing moments from the first 21 series of the show.

Evans was announced as the new face of Top Gear last year, following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson.

Bookmakers William Hill said it was such a surprise bit of news, that not one bet had been made on LeBlanc.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “This is an astonishing bit of secret keeping — nobody predicted Matt LeBlanc and if anyone had enquired we would have made him a 500/1 outsider.”

The bookmakers speculate that a female co-presenter will be announced next and have German professional driver Sabine Schmitz as their 1/3 favourite. Former F1 driver David Coulthard and motoring journalist Chris Harris have also been linked with the role.

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