A series that has been one of the most-watched TV shows in the world is getting ready to debut its rebooted lineup, and former “Friends” regular Matt LeBlanc is on board. BBC News reports that the actor is one of the co-hosts of the new “Top Gear.”
The series, which was a global sensation before shutting down last year in the wake of an ugly behind-the-scenes incident involving longtime star Jeremy Clarkson, has been called the most widely watched factual show worldwide. Clarkson, who allegedly punched one of the show’s producers, has moved on since his firing by “Top Gear” a year ago, and is working on a new car show for Amazon.
The rebooted “Top Gear,” with LeBlanc and Chris Evans as co-hosts, is due to premiere in May, and will air on BBC America in the U.S. Sabine Schmitz and Chris Harris were previously rumored to be joining the show as co-presenters, but the LeBlanc announcement casts doubt on those rumors.
LeBlanc had a noteworthy appearance on the old “Top Gear” in its “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment back in 2012 with then-host Clarkson. Here’s a clip …