'Friends' star Matt LeBlanc has been announced as the new co-presenter of Top Gear


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Matt LeBlanc will be joining Chris Evans as co-presenter of 'Top Gear,' it has been announced.


The news was confirmed by Evans who tweeted a picture alongside LeBlanc and the show's famous masked racing driver, The Stig.

In a statement released by the BBC, LeBlanc said: "As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter. What a thrill!"

The 'Friends' star will be the first non-British personality to present the show since it first aired in 1977 - but he's no stranger to the show. He was the fastest ever "star in the reasonably priced car," drove The Stig around the track in a McLaren MP4-12C, and also presented Top Gear spin-off series, "Top Gear: The Races."

"Matt's a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I'm thrilled he's joining Top Gear," Evans said. "Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we'll both be debating some epic road trip ideas.


The actor will be joining Chris Evans on the sofa when the show premieres in May.

Evans' predecessor, Jeremy Clarkson, was sacked last year after a high-profile "fracas" with a producer. The BBC found that Clarkson launched an "unprovoked physical and verbal attack" on the crew-member.

Following the BBC's decison to fire Clarkson, his co-hosts - Richard Hammond and James May - also announced their departure.

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