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Matt LeBlanc to present at least two more series of Top Gear

Monday 26 September 2016, By Autovolo

Matt LeBlanc to present at least two more series of Top Gear

Matt LeBlanc to present at least two more series of Top Gear

Matt LeBlanc will retain his position on Top Gear for two more series, the BBC has confirmed.

After the departure of co-host Chris Evans this summer, LeBlanc will be joined by fellow presenters Rory Reid and Chris Harris, while racing driver Sabine Schmitz and former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan will also make regular appearances.

LeBlanc and Evans took over presenting duties in 2015 after a “fracas” in a North Yorkshire hotel meant Jeremy Clarkson’s contract was not renewed – a decision that also led to the departures of Clarkson’s co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.

The re-booted Top Gear was met with a mixed reception, and Chris Evans stepped down from his role at the end of his first series.

LeBlanc, however, proved popular, and was rewarded with a new, two-series deal.

Patrick Holland, channel editor of BBC Two said: “I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear.

“He’s a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year.”

Mark Linsey, director at BBC Studios, said: “Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us.”