Matt LeBlanc WILL return for new series of Top Gear

The former Friends star will be back to host joined by Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig

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Matt LeBlanc has agreed a deal to front a second series of Top Gear following the departure of co-host Chris Evans earlier this year. 

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The former Friends star will be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, along with regular turns from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig – all of whom appeared in the first series of the show’s reboot which aired earlier this year. 

“I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear,” said BBC2 channel editor Patrick Holland. “He’s a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year.”

Director of BBC Studios, Mark Linsey, added: “Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us.”

It had been unclear whether LeBlanc would be back for a second series following Evans’ exit in July. Rumours emerged earlier today in The Sun that the American star was about to sign a £2 million contract with the corporation to remain on the show which underwent a revamp following the exits of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2015. 

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The trio’s new car series for Amazon – titled The Grand Tour – will be released on the online streaming service on Friday 18th November.