Matt LeBlanc announced as new ‘Top Gear’ co-presenter

'Friends' star will join Chris Evans when rebooted series starts in May

Friends actor Matt LeBlanc has been announced as a co-presenter for the upcoming rebooted series of Top Gear.

The BBC motoring series is set to relaunch in May with Chris Evans as host. 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.

Now it has been confirmed that LeBlanc will join Evans as part of the new-look series, which will feature several co-presenters. “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.

Chris Evans added: “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 had previously appeared on Top Gear in the show’s Reasonably Priced Car segment. A statement from the producers promises: “We’ll have more news on additional Top Gear cast members shortly.”

A representative for Top Gear has confirmed to NME that LeBlanc “will be in the entire series”.