Despite disappointing ratings, mixed reception, and the abdication of lead host Chris Evans, co-host Matt LeBlanc wants to stick with the program.
After talking to TV critics in Los Angeles, the BBC reported LeBlanc “is keen to return for a second series of the motor show.” But he didn’t reveal any specific information regarding the future of the “world’s greatest motoring show.”
Uncertainty over the program’s prospects set in when Evans stepped down at the end of the season. But it didn’t seem like much of a surprise since escalating tensions were reported throughout the season’s filming and airing periods. The first sign of trouble arose when Evans and LeBlanc reportedly began butting heads because of colliding egos. Evans even lost his cool and LeBlanc publicly announced he’d quit if Evans didn’t leave first.
After stepping down, Evans responded with an op-ed to clear the air surrounding his resignation, sharing his final thoughts. He called it an “honour [sic], privilege, and pleasure” to be the host. Referring to LeBlanc as “the captain Top Gear truly needs going forward, the perfect torso for the rest of TG’s limbs,” Evans concluded his role was not meant to be.
With the position of main host vacant, the BBC said it’s keeping the remaining hosts on board: Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, and Eddie Jordan. Does this mean LeBlanc could become the next main host of the show? LeBlanc appears to be the only available candidate to take Evans’ place. We will find out for sure when filming for season two starts in September.