While the new series of ‘Top Gear’ didn't get the ratings head start the BBC wanted on Sunday, co-host Matt LeBlanc seems to have escaped much of the criticism directed towards the show. Now it’s been reported that the BBC are so desperate to keep the US star, they’ve offered him ‘a fortune’ to return for a second series.

Matt LeBlanc‘Top Gear’ bosses are said to be keen to hold on to Matt LeBlanc.

A source told The Sun: “Matt came across really well, he can drive and certainly knows his motors. Matt is crucial to the success going forward. Chris is not known across the world.” On social media many viewers gave Matt the thumbs up for his presenting on Sunday, while the rest of the show didn't fare so well.

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One viewer tweeted: “@MattLeBlanc and @chrisevans need to swap places on #TopGear with the presenting. Matt is definitely the better presenter!” While another added: "Watching the new #TopGear. Have to say, Matt Leblanc is the best thing about it so far.”

But Matt is also in demand across the pond, having recently signed up for CBS comedy ‘I’m Not Your Friend’, which he will also produce. The series has so far been given a 13 episode order by the network.

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On Monday, Matt’s co-host Chris Evans took to Twitter to defend the show after reports of low ratings. ‘Top Gear audience grew throughout the hour. FACT,’ Evans tweeted. ‘Won its slot. FACT. Still number one on i Player. FACT. These are THE FACTS folks.’