Chris Evans says Matt LeBlanc should be Top Gear’s new “captain”

The former host of the rebooted series says he was sad to leave the show but it was "not meant to be" for him

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The Top Gear powers that be say they won’t be replacing Chris Evans and that’s a good thing according to him, because he thinks they already have their perfect leading man in Matt LeBlanc.

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Evans, who parted ways with the show he’d been so enthusiastic about rebooting after just one series, sang LeBlanc’s praises in a column for The Mail on Sunday.

“For me, he is the man. He is the captain Top Gear truly needs going forward, the perfect torso for the rest of TG’s limbs. Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he’s just such a pro”, Evans wrote.

“The whole time I worked with him, he never once looked at the clock, was never late on set, knew his lines inside out and back to front and, most importantly on such an intense production, he always had time for everyone, especially the crew”, he continued. “The simple truth is he and Top Gear were made for each other.”

The BBC presenter said he was “sad” to leave the show, but admitted that he just didn’t seem to be the right fit for the series.

And he had nothing but praise for the team behind the series, whom he dedicated BBC2 breakfast radio show to last Tuesday.

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“The Top Gear gang are the most driven (forgive the pun) and dedicated I have ever worked with,” he said. “There is nothing those guys won’t do to make every second of on-air content shine to its maximum potential.”