Matt LeBlanc signs 2-se­ries deal to host BBC’s ‘Top Gear’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

LONDON » 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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