Former “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc is getting back in the cockpit with BBC’s “Top Gear,” which has struggled to get back on track after the departure of mainstays Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
“The BBC has confirmed that Matt LeBlanc will return to host ‘Top Gear’ under a two-season deal,” Deadline.com reports. “The first will air next year.”
Deadline adds: “LeBlanc co-fronted the most recent season of the flagship BBC Two motoring show with Chris Evans, who abruptly departed in July. The next season, which is Cycle 24, will see LeBlanc joined by members of Cycle 23’s team, Chris Harris and Rory Reid, along with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig.”
LeBlanc was said to be popular with viewers during this year’s reboot, although the show saw its ratings dip. Deadline notes that the season finale averaged 1.9 million viewers.
“It was just after that episode aired that Evans tweeted his goodbyes saying he had given it his ‘best shot’ but that ‘standing aside’ was the ‘best thing’ he could do to ‘help the cause,'” Deadline notes.
LeBlanc also has a CBS comedy, “Man With a Plan,” set to premiere Oct. 24.