Eddie Jordan to join Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear, reports say

The former F1 star is said to be close to agreeing a BBC deal

Irish former Formula 1 star Eddie Jordan is said to be in advanced stages of negotiation to join hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear.

Jordan, who both competed in and ran a team in Formula 1, is negotiating a deal that should be signed in the coming days, according to the Radio Times.

The publication quotes inside sources who say that Jordan’s deal is a “formality”, with the producers said to be keen on the Dubliner’s expert insight into motorsports in particular.

The show is set to return to our screens on May 8, while Matt LeBlanc was announced as co-presenter alongside Chris Evans (below) earlier this week. Sabine Schmitz, a racing driver, and motoring journalist Chris Harris are already signed up.

“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!” LeBlanc said of the news.

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Evans was appointed to the BBC’s long-running series following the departure of long-time presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Speaking in LA last month, the TFI Fridays host confirmed that the new version of the show will focus more on the cars.

“The car is definitely the star,” he said. “It’s not based on a person; it’s based on those words: Top. Gear.”

“We’re going to keep the Stig​,” he added. “Yes, we’re going to keep the stars. We want to work more with Los Angeles, too.”