Matt LeBlanc Signs Deal To Host BBC's 'Top Gear' - NBC Bay Area

Matt LeBlanc Signs Deal To Host BBC's 'Top Gear'

LeBlanc was one of two hosts when "Top Gear" was relaunched in May after the loss of its longstanding team of presenters.

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    The BBC says former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc has signed a two-series deal to host its popular car show "Top Gear."

    The broadcaster announced Monday that LeBlanc will front the program when it returns for a 24th series in 2017.

    LeBlanc was one of two hosts when "Top Gear" was relaunched in May after the loss of its longstanding team of presenters. His co-host, Chris Evans, quit in July after the show drew lackluster ratings and lukewarm reviews.

    A mix of humor, stunts and automotive advice, "Top Gear" became a global hit under presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

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    The trio left last year after an off-set dustup in which Clarkson punched a producer. They are hosting a new car show, "The Grand Tour," on Amazon Prime.