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.”
Had the best time working with @matt_leblanc. Sad it had to stop, but I totally understand his reasons for doing so. Best of luck big dog!
— chris harris (@harrismonkey) May 31, 2018
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.”
Thanks for the laughs @Matt_LeBlanc. What a ride! Good luck with everything you do in future. 👌🏾
— Rory Reid (@MrRoryReid) May 31, 2018
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?