Following on from Chris Evans’ departure after a tough first season for the revamped Top Gear, if you’re still a fan of the show and many of us are, then I have good news for you, Matt LeBlanc has signed on to front a further two additional seasons of the BBC show.
The BBC has confirmed that LeBlanc will step up to take the lead presenter role with Chris Harris and Rory Reid joining him as co-presenters. The confirmation came with the news that the other Top Gear presenters, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and the mysterious Stig will also continue with ‘regular’ appearances.
Read into this what you will, but I would think the main line up is now LeBlanc, Harris and Reid supported by Schmitz, Jordan and The Stig.
The confirmation from the BBC:
Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios says: “Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us.”
Basically, this is the Top Gear lineup most fans wanted in the first place, whilst Schmitz worked well last season, some fan’s were not enthused with Jordan’s appearances at all. Essentially the re-signing of LeBlanc along with the promotion of Harris and Reid should give Top Gear the shot in the arm it so needed and hopefully go some way to making it a true rival to the upcoming Grand Tour fronted by former Top Gear hosts Clarkson, Hammond and May.
New New New Top Gear has started shooting already and will be broadcast in 2017.