Matthew Perry: ‘Matt LeBlanc won’t get punchy on Top Gear’

Friends co-star supports his "wonderful" friend in new career move

Matthew Perry has backed his former Friends co-star Matt LeBlanc to be a success in his new role hosting Top Gear.

As reported, Chris Evans will be the series’ main presenter with former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc joining him.

Perry appeared as a guest on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man and was asked if LeBlanc would ever get “punchy” with producers as Jeremy Clalarkson infamously did prior to his exit from the series.


Laughing at the suggestion, Perry said: “No. He was wonderful. Matt is one of the nicest, funniest guys in the world.’

He added: “It’s a very exciting job for him because he loves cars. He must be thrilled. I haven’t spoken to him since he booked the gig but he is going to be great.”

Chris Evans confirmed the final line-up of Top Gear presenters earlier this year with Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan among seven hosts for the BBC motoring series.

Jordan had long been rumoured to be a potential co-host for the show and he will be joined by German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris and journalist Rory Reid on the show. Reid won his place through a series of public auditions that took place in 2015. The seven-strong team is rounded off by The Stig.

​Top Gear​ is due to return to screens in May.

Previous stars Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond parted ways with the show last year following a bust-up between Clarkson and one of the show’s producers. The trio will present a new car show for Amazon Prime.

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