Matt LeBlanc Is Leaving Top Gear, Who Should Replace Him?

The turnover at Top Gear continues as Matt LeBlanc has revealed with won’t be returning to the popular television show.

BBC Studios says the former Friends star will leave the show after the next series airs later this year. This will be his fourth and final series of the show after joining the program in 2016.

In a statement, LeBlanc said “My experience on Top Gear has been great fun. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the whole team.” Despite enjoying his time on the show, LeBlanc said “The time commitment and extensive travel required to present Top Gear takes me away from my family and friends more than I’m comfortable with.” He closed out his statement by saying “I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive.”

LeBlanc’s co-hosts were supportive of his decision as Chris Harris took to Twitter to say “Had the best time working with @matt_leblanc. Sad it had to stop, but I totally understand his reasons for doing so.” His sentiments were echoed by Roy Reid who said “Thanks for the laughs” and “Good luck with everything you do in future.”

BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland praised LeBlanc for being a “brilliant co-host” who threw “himself into the show with real passion, revealing his extraordinary car knowledge and a willingness to get down and dirty.” He went on to say “The next series of Top Gear – Matt’s last – promises to be something very special and we have great plans to welcome a new co-host to join the team for 2019 and beyond.”

There’s no word on who will replace LeBlanc but part of the reason the show selected him was he is well-known actor as well as a car and motorcycle enthusiast. Being an American also helped to increase Top Gear’s appeal to audiences on the other side of the Atlantic.

In remains unclear if the show is looking for someone with similar credentials but, in the meantime, who do you think should replace LeBlanc?

  • nastinupe

    I really liked him as a host and I love Chris Harris. Too bad, they had good chemistry.

  • ctk4949

    Jerry Seinfeld?? lol

  • Ganfu

    They need another American, but maybe Internet-famous instead of TV-famous. How about Jason Cammisa?

  • LeStori

    Jerry Lewis. Might be dead but combine him with the other two and he would be the life of the Show.

    LeBlanc is the best of the three. Chris Harris is the next. And What’s His Name is the worst by far. Pity it is not What’s His Name that is leaving .

    Put the show down!

  • Six_Tymes

    I really liked Matt a lot, and I give him big credit for doing the show in the first place, since it was something very different for him to do, and I love Chris Harris. For this show to go on and be popular I really think they now need two replacements. I look forward to what Matt has planned, maybe hes got something very big coming up, one of the super hero franchises possibly? I do hope Chris stays on and the executive producers finds a very good replacement for Matt, if not, don’t bother with continuing the show. But we shale see soon enough whatever happens.

  • Christian

    Ï hope that they get Tan from Buzzfeed.. TIME FOR SOME WOMEN POWER 🙂

  • Shtekeris

    Sam from STG, Paul from SOL and James from JWW. Done! Chemistry, youth and everything is there.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Sam would be great!

  • Well at least I got to be in studio while he was still there, this year. And will be aired next year. Two words: Tuk-Tuk

  • Rocket

    Jay Leno, of course. No, he probably wouldn’t do it even if the BBC were willing to write a check with that many zeros.

    • Jay Leno is a great guy when it comes to share cars and his knowledge of it… But he’s really not fun when you’re less than 60.

  • Shahul Usman

    Yea I was just thinking how they hit their groove recently… just leave Harris and Rory..add Henry Catchpole from Carfection

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Henry would be great too!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Damn! I liked him. HE was such a natural fit. Hopefully he can be replaced well.

  • BGM

    Jennifer Aniston. With a tank top. And no bra.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Well, I might clarify that with, 90s Jennifer Aniston….

  • Research Janitor

    Roseanne.

  • To be fair probably it’s time for UK based motoring journalist, I mean that’s how the last TG come by, Harris and Rory is a journalist (Albeit Rory actually win the TG host contact few years ago)

  • tedwja

    good…

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  • Vassilis

    Alex Goy or Henry Catchpole or Matt Farah.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Oh lord not Farah!

      • Vassilis

        I think he’s good at what he does.

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          I can’t stand to hear him talk….or see his face, especially wearing those stupid matte black sunglasses. You want to lose me as a TG viewer, pick Farah. So yeah, I don’t like the guy. He may be a fine person, but something about him just grates on me like nails on a chalkboard.

  • Guess he’s always stuck in second gear 🙂

  • Shobin Drogan

    Is it absolutely necessary to have 3 hosts? Just let the 2 guys build their chemistry and then maybe bring someone good and natural along the way.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Too bad. Quite possibly the best Top Gear cast.

  • nastinupe

    Is Matt really that busy, lazy or just so wealthy that he doesn’t need a paycheck? I don’t get it. You’re getting paid to drive and review some of the coolest cars in the world and you’re complaining that work is making you work? This makes absolutely no sense to me.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    David Tennant.

  • fabri99

    I actually liked this trio though. They were very good and worked well together, I hope that the new host doesn’t destroy the balance “rebooted” Top Gear has reached. As long as Harris is there, things should be fine.

  • Omar A. Rifaat

    Jason Cammisa

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