Matt LeBlanc denies reports of falling out with Top Gear co-host Chris Evans

It's all "a big load of bullshit", says LeBlanc

Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc has hit out at claims that he’s fallen out with fellow presenter Chris Evans, dismissing the reports as “a big load of bullshit.”

The revamped motoring show returns to screens in the UK on Sunday, but filming for the new series hasn’t been without controversy – Evans apologised on the show’s behalf in March after filming near the Cenotaph in London was widely condemned online, while the production crew were later forced to cancel a filming trip to Kazakhstan after running into an “airline dispute.”

Speaking to the Radio Times, LeBlanc reflected on the challenging opening to his stint as a Top Gear presenter since being announced in the role back in February, which included addressing rumours of the Evans fall-out. “All this stuff that Chris and I are at war with each other is a big load of bullshit. We’ve never had a rift,” he said. “I’m a true car fan, Chris is a true car fan. We’re hanging out, having a laugh, doing our best. He is an extremely smart guy. I’d beat him in a race, though – and you can tell him I said that.”

The 48-year-old also spoke about his relationship with the UK media, saying that he “didn’t anticipate the ruthlessness of the British press. I know it’s a big show but hey, we’re not cowboys, it’s all meticulously planned, permission granted, in writing.”

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Pressed on his view of replacing the ousted Jeremy Clarkson and former co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond on the much-loved BBC programme, LeBlanc insisted that there was no friction between the two sets of presenting teams. “I didn’t fire those guys [Clarkson, Hammond and May]. I’ve met them. They’re nice guys. I’ll watch their new show. I wasn’t there when any of it went down. It’s not my fault they’re gone. I didn’t put a gun in anyone’s mouth.”

The new series of Top Gear premieres on BBC2 this Sunday (May 29). Watch the new trailer below: