Matt LeBlanc says Top Gear will ‘expand the comedy’ next series

The motoring show is looking to build upon last year's improvements

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Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc says that the long-running motoring show will “expand the comedy” in its 25th series, which is due to air in Spring 2018.

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Speaking to the BBC, the former Friends star suggested that the new series will aim to open the show up to a wider audience with a little less focus on the elements that draw in “petrolheads”.

“I think we’ve tried to broaden the demographic of the show,” the star said, “try to make it not lose the petrolhead nature of it but maybe open it up to people who aren’t so petrolheady. Expand the comedy, try to have bigger, broader films, but it will be more of the same in the sense it starts with the car.”

The show has undergone a massive overhaul in the last few years, after former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left the BBC in 2015.

LeBlanc was a shock addition to the new line-up when it returned in 2016. His co-host, BBC stalwart Chris Evans, resigned after a difficult first season was met with widespread criticism and low ratings.

Evans was not replaced, with YouTube star Chris Harris, and motoring journalist Rory Reid stepping up to more traditional presenting roles. The trio were backed by a team consisting of racing driver Sabine Schmitz, F1 pundit Eddie Jordan, and (of course) The Stig.

The BBC has said that the most recent series was significantly more popular with younger viewers than its predecessor, and LeBlanc is keen to build upon that.

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LeBlanc added: “It will be closer to what it was last year versus the season before”