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Top Gear: Host Matt LeBlanc signs two-series deal

2016-09-26 13:47

HOW YA DOIN'? The BBC has announced actor Matt Le Blanc will host the show for two more seasons. Image: AFP / Kevork Djansezian

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London - The BBC reports says former 'Friends' star Matt LeBlanc has signed a two-series deal to host its popular car show "Top Gear."

The broadcaster announced on Monday that LeBlanc will front the program when it returns for a 24th season in 2017.

Tumultuous first season

LeBlanc was one of two hosts when Top Gear was relaunched in May 2016 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 humour, stunts and automotive advice, TopGear became a global hit under presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The trio left in 2015 after an off-set punch-up in which Clarkson punched a producer. They are hosting a new car show, The Grand Tour, on Amazon Prime which will air on the November 18: 

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