Top Gear’s Matt LeBlanc To Be Replaced By Paddy McGuinness And Freddie Flintoff

Top Gear has announced comedian Paddy McGuinness and former cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff as the show’s new hosts. The duo will join Chris Harris for the 27th season of Top Gear.

The news follows the announcement of Matt LeBlanc leaving the show after the completion of Top Gear’s 26th season. Rory Reid will step down from his presenting duties on the main show but will continue hosting the spin-off Extra Gear.

Paddy McGuinness is an English comedian, best known from hosting UK TV shows like Take Me Out. Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is a former England cricket captain and current broadcaster.

“To be hosting a show I’ve watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting”, said Paddy McGuinness. “Top Gear fans worldwide are a passionate bunch and I consider myself one of them.”

“It’s not often you have the chance to do both of your dream jobs, but I’m now lucky enough to say I will have”, added Freddie Flintoff. “I’ve always been passionate about cars and I’m so excited to be joining the Top Gear team.”

Matt LeBlanc’s last season in Top Gear will air in early 2019. Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff will premiere as Top Gear’s new presenter lineup later in the same year.

Chris Harris commented: “I think you can tell just how much fun we’re going to have making Top Gear with Paddy and Freddie. They’re both brilliant, natural entertainers – and their mischief mixed with the most exciting cars on the planet is sure to take the show to the next level. My dream job just got even better.”



  • Vassilis

    Interesting. Reid did annoy me so let’s see how this plays out.

  • Rasta_Farian

    Can anyone recommend a classic episode of this show worth watching? I’ve seen a few episodes, and I just don’t see the appeal of the show. The episodes I’ve seen have been very boring…

    • ChrisInIL

      Season 12, Episode 8 is one of my favorites. “Vietnam Special”

      • ksegg

        That was a great one! Also liked the Bolivia “Jungle” Special.

    • JorgeDeeeeeaz

      Series 7 – Episode 3 for a very nice road trip through France with magnificient cars

    • Six Thousand Times

      Clarkson, Hammond, and May weren’t to everyone’s taste. I loved their antics but if you’ve seen a few episodes and didn’t get into it then maybe the show isn’t for you.

  • samurai

    To me the Top Gear and Grand Tour are way too far away from actually review cars and focussed too much on entertaining and staging things to make it more entertaining. Chris Harris YouTube channel was so much better than what he can do on the show.
    I prefer to wait for new Ignition or Head2Head episodes from MotorTrend to become free to watch on their side.

    • Miknik

      But that is exactly the appeal of these shows, entertainment with cars. This is why they were so broadly watched. Apart form bread and butter cars being quite different globally (so reviewing them limits a car show to a specific market usually), the entertainment value of testing a Golf Plus TDI and counting it’s cup holders or putting a suitcase in the trunk is just so so entertaining for non car people….

  • Infinite1

    Matt LeBlanc leaving the show was saddening, Reid stepping down is eh….

  • Six_Tymes

    it takes two to fill his shoes. at least the shows producers recognize that. good luck, hope this works out.

    • Nordschleife

      Does it take two to fill his shoes or is one leaving and one is stepping down from a full time role and they hired two new guys to replace the two that left?

  • Alex AJ

    They’ll never find the chemistry of Clarkson, Hammond and May. Too bad Matt is stepping down, I really liked him.

  • GobbleUp

    Matt was so boring to listen to and such robotic performances. Was terrible under him. Only Chris was watchable.

  • Mr. EP9

    Nice HSV Commdore GTS-R. Was pretty much going out with a bang.

    • Well the used to Chevrolet SS, but not really selling so you guys didn’t get the souped version.

  • Jim Jones ©

    For those of us outside the UK…Chris Harris, who? and who?

  • Six Thousand Times

    I really liked Rory.

    • Same here, I’m with you. Rory has the enthusiasm and he is actually the winner of that worldwide TG host hunt.

  • Miknik

    Just when something like a chemistry started to build among the presenters, they replace 2/3 of the lineup; Even if the new guys are great (I think they are rather unknown outside the UK, even to car guys), it will take again at least to series to build chemistry; And that won#t help the show…

  • I’m quite late to comment on this, but once again. Who?

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