In a rather surprising announcement, BBC has revealed today Matt LeBlanc will join the revamped Top Gear UK show.

Known best for his role of “Joey” in the hit “Friends” sitcom, Matt LeBlanc will co-host the new Top Gear alongside Chris Evans once the show will kick off in May. LeBlanc is no stranger to the show taking into account he is the fastest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. He lapped the test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey in 1 minute and 42.1 seconds with a Kia cee apostrophe d. That wasn’t his only appearance on the show and he also presented the “Top Gear: The Races” standalone spin-off.

Interestingly, it’s the first time in Top Gear’s entire 39-year history when the show will have a non-British host. BBC also announced today that other cast members will be revealed in the near future. It is believed Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz will also join the team along with former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.

Meanwhile at Amazon, former TG trio (Clarkson, May, and Hammond) is preparing for a brand new show that will initially have three seasons consisting of 12 episodes per season. It will air online on Amazon Prime starting this fall and we already know one of the episodes will feature the Holy Trinity (P1, LaFerrari, 918).

Source: BBC

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