Chris Harris Says Matt LeBlanc Was “Gutted” To Leave Top Gear

Top Gear host Chris Harris says it was very hard for Matt LeBlanc to quit the show last year.

When LeBlanc stepped away from Top Gear, he cited the grueling travel schedule as the main reason for why he could no longer continue.

In an interview with Metro in the lead-up to Top Gear’s 27th season airing, LeBlanc’s co-host Chris Harris said the former Friends star was “gutted” to leave Top Gear.

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“It’s not because he didn’t want to do it – the geography of his life didn’t allow him to do it. You could argue he put himself out there for too long to carry on doing it. The travel for him was extraordinary,” Harris said. “I loved working with him, he’s a top bloke. Matt will be a friend forever. He’s a good buddy and we’re in regular contact.”

At the time of announcing his departure from 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. It’s unfortunate, but for these reasons I will not be continuing my involvement with the show. I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive.”

Top Gear’s latest season kicked off on Sunday June 16 with Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff joining Harris in presenting the programme. Presenter Rory Reid was demoted from hosting the main Top Gear series with Harris and LeBlanc to now presenting Extra Gear.

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  • Bo Hanan

    I loved the 3 of them together.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Yeah, I’m kinda done after this. I always liked Rory’s more humble and story telling style of presentation. These two new guys are terrible and will bring the show down. The chemistry is way of where LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid worked very well together.

  • I was in studio with them last March for portions of two episode recordings. They all were very professional, and got along great. I thought they made a GREAT team.


    top gear’s 2016 dark age is back

  • Maricaibo

    They should fire everyone- except Chris Harris. Seriously.

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