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Top Gear Is Set To Get An A-List Makeover As Matt LeBlanc Co-Hosts With Chris Evans

The Friends star joins Chris Evans in a bid to attract a more diverse audience - and suddenly we're car fanatics!

By Shannon Wilson, 05 February 2016
Top Gear Is Set To Get An A-List Makeover As Matt LeBlanc Co-Hosts With Chris Evans

Estelle would be thrilled - Joey Tribbiani has finally passed an audition. Or rather, his alter-ego has.

'As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter. What a thrill.' - Matt LeBlanc

Fans were left flabbergasted yesterday when the BBC unveiled what's been dubbed by bookies William Hill as its ‘best-kept secret’ - that Friends star Matt LeBlanc would be joining Chris Evans as Top Gear's newest co-host. The new recruit proves that the BBC is going for a more international and female appeal with its new series. And it’s working, with women everywhere taking to social media to declare their interest in watching!

Matt will be the first non-British host ever in the show's 39-year history. However, he's no stranger to the show, having appeared on the original Top Gear in 2012 and setting the fastest-ever time for the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' segment - which still remains unbeaten. The Friends star has also presented standalone spin-off show Top Gear: The Races, which you can download from the BBC here, which saw him count down the top racing moments from the show.

Matt himself is extremely excited to be part of the reboot, finally announcing the good news yesterday on twitter with this cheeky tweet:

Don't worry, although we can expect lots of laughs from the iconic comedy actor, Matt will be taking his new appointment super seriously: 'As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter. What a thrill.' 

Chris Evans waxed lyrical about the appointment saying; 'Matt's a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I'm thrilled he's joining Top Gear. Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we'll both be debating some epic road trip ideas. We can't wait to share what we've been up to on screen later this year.'

According to the BBC, Matt's joining production on the new series of Top Gear right now, and with the last series of his Golden Globe winning BBC2 show Episodes set to start filming in April, it looks like Matt has got a busy few months ahead. 

While the appointment has divided the public, the funniest reactions were those by diehard Friend's fans, who thought that the Top Gear bosses obviously hadn't taken his alter-ego Joey's history with cars into account. The most shared joke? The episode where Joey 'owned', or rather, found the keys to a Porsche sports car and got really into it. 

While we've been promised that additional Top Gear cast members will be confirmed shortly, you can tune in for 'The one where Joey presented Top Gear' on May 8. In the meantime, don't forget to check in for more Top Gear updates, and head over to Asda to pick up all your car care related needs.