Former Friends star, Matt LeBlanc has been confirmed as Top Gear‘s newest co-presenter.
The actor, who is perhaps best known for playing Joey Tribbiani in the popular US sitcom, will be joining Chris Evans to co-host the BBC’s popular motoring programme. His appointment also marks the first time a non-British presenter has hosted the show in the programme’s 39 year history.
Speaking of his new job, 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!”
Meanwhile, Chris Evans commented: “Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear. 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. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to on screen later this year.”
LeBlanc has already appeared on Top Gear twice before, during the era in which Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hosted the programme. To date, he is the fastest celebrity to compete in the show’s ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment.
The BBC has also announced that further presenters will be announced shortly.