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.
“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.