The ‘Friends’ star is said to be pocketing £2 million to stay with the show.
Matt LeBlanc has signed a new two-series deal to present ‘Top Gear’, following the departure of co-host Chris Evans. LeBlanc was warmly received by viewers when he debuted earlier this year and BBC bosses are said to have been keen to keep him after the recent ‘Great British Bake Off’ debacle.
Matt LeBlanc will be retuning as the host of 'Top Gear'
News of LeBlanc’s new deal was confirmed by BBC editor Patrick Holland, who said: "I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear. He's a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can't wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year."
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The former Saturday Kitchen presenter is said to be in the running to take over from Chris Evans.
TV presenter James Martin has fuelled rumours that he could be the new host of ‘Top Gear’ following the departure of Chris Evans. Speaking to The Sun, Martin didn't deny he was in the running for the job and even admitted he’s aware that he is now one of the bookies' favourites to replace Evans.
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“Apparently I’m the bookies’ favourite,” he told the newspaper. “I walked past a bookies in Leeds and saw my name on there, and I thought: ‘What the hell’s going on there?’ I was top of the list. But the phone hasn’t rung yet.”
Continue reading: James Martin Fuels Rumours He Could Be Set To Join 'Top Gear'
LeBlanc's co-host Chris Evans resigned from the show the day after it finished airing last month amid poor ratings.
The recent return of ‘Top Gear’ to the BBC might have ended in something of a debacle, but surviving co-presenter Matt LeBlanc has said he’d be keen on a second series of the motoring show.
His co-host Chris Evans quit the programme last month on the day after the series’ sixth and final episode aired to record low ratings, with overall viewing figures tumbling from 4.4 million to 1.9 million over the course of the series.
Speaking at the Summer TCA press tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday (August 10th), LeBlanc fielded questions from the press and admitted that, while he doesn’t know what the future holds for ‘Top Gear’ when it finally does return for its 24th season, he would very much like to be a part of it.
The presenter was the only member of the new team to be picked through the show’s audition process.
‘Top Gear’ and ‘Extra Gear’ presenter Rory Reid has said he was surprised at the level of hostility directed towards the show when Chris Evans took over as host. The presenter likened joining the show to being ‘parachuted into a war’, but said overall it was intense but rewarding experience.
Rory Reid was part of ‘Top Gear’s’ revamped line-up.
“It’s been a very intense experience – intense is probably the best word. Way more involved than I ever thought any show could be. The level of scrutiny that the show is under has just been absolutely immense,” he told Redbull.com.
Continue reading: Rory Reid: Joining 'Top Gear' Was Like "Being Parachuted Into A War"
Evans stepped down as host on Monday (July 4) after just one series.
Chris Evans dedicated his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show on Tuesday morning (July 5) to his former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues, telling them to ‘move on’ without him. Evans stepped down as host yesterday after just one series, which was plagued by bad reviews and low ratings.
Chris Evans has told his ‘Top Gear’ colleagues to ‘move on’.
Evans told listeners: "Today's show is dedicated to all the 'Top Gear' gang. And today's show is entitled Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.” The presenter then went on to look at the day’s newspaper front pages, many of which featured his resignation.
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The show has come under criticism since its debut and viewing figures have been steadily dropping.
On Sunday night (July 3) the ‘revamped’ new series of ‘Top Gear’ came to an end, giving the troubled BBC show its lowest viewing figures yet. The series has come under fire from viewers since it’s debut back in May, with host Chris Evans coming under particular criticism.
‘Top Gear’s’ ratings continue to fall for the final episode.
The Mirror reports that the show pulled in an audience of just 1.9 million on Sunday, as it went head-to-head with the Euro 2016 quarter final match between France and Iceland. Once again fans on Twitter were quick to criticise host Chris Evans, for his ‘shouty’ presenting style.
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The two presenters are said to have a frosty relationship behind the scenes.
‘Top Gear’ presenter Matt LeBlanc is reportedly ready to leave the show if co-host Chris Evans stays on. LeBlanc is thought to have already signed on for two more series of the BBC motoring show, but now bosses are left having to decide between the two presenters.
Matt LeBlanc is reportedly done with ‘Top Gear’ if Chris Evans stays on.
A show source told The Sun: “The big question now is who goes and who stays. The team does not gel at all, and the atmosphere between the presenters is decidedly frosty. It’s very much a picture of him – Chris – and them.”
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc "Will Leave Top Gear" If Chris Evans Stays
LeBlanc’s joke was highly praised by fans, but viewers still aren't tuning in.
The new series of ‘Top Gear’ has seen its ratings fall even further, to its lowest Sunday night audience in over a decade. The drop comes as fans seem to be warming more to the show, with one joke from Matt LeBlanc on Sunday receiving particular praise.
‘Top Gear’s’ ratings have fallen further.
According to overnight viewing figures from broadcast media ratings specialists, Overnights TV, last night’s show averaged just 2.3 million viewers. That meant the show had just 10.4 per cent of the Sunday night audience share.
Continue reading: 'Top Gear' Ratings Fall Further Despite Matt LeBlanc's Brexit Joke
LeBlanc appeared on James Corden's 'The Late, Late Show' this week, and revealed why he really took the 'Top Gear' co-presenting job alongside Chris Evans.
While the newly re-launched ‘Top Gear’ might not be setting the world alight, the show’s co-presenter Matt LeBlanc has, for many, emerged as the main star. However, the American favourite has revealed that he took the job for only one reason – he needed it.
Speaking to chat show host James Corden on ‘The Late, Late Show’ on Wednesday evening (June 15th), LeBlanc admitted that he was in need of a job when he was offered it late last year.
Matt LeBlanc filming 'Top Gear' in London in February 2016
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc Reveals The Real Reason He Took 'Top Gear' Job
The new series has been hit by audience figure troubles
Top Gear’s return was highly anticipated with new presenting stars Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc after the blaze of confusion which its old presenting trio left the programme before the end of the last series. However, the absence of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May has proved too much for some viewers and, despite each episode being reviewed more highly than the last, audience figures continue to drop.
Chris Evans' Top Gear presenting style has been criticised
It has now been revealed that Radio 2 breakfast show host Evans will take a less prominent role after Rory Reid and Chris Harris - presenters of online spin-off show, Extra Gear - featured in the main show for the first time and received positive reviews.
Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig and Matt LeBlanc - The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA's) 2013 held at the Royal Festival Hall - Arrivals - London, England, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th May 2013
Matt LeBlanc and Melissa McKnight - The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 11th March 2013
Matt LeBlanc and Andrea Anders 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals Featuring: Matt LeBlanc and Andrea Anders Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 13 Jan 2013
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25th July, 1967
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