Matt LeBlanc to host Top Gear alone
Matt LeBlanc will reportedly host the next series of Top Gear on his own, following the departure of co-host Chris Evans yesterday.
The former Friends star has been one of the success stories of the revamped series, consistently receiving praise from critics despite damning comments on Evans and the show itself. Evans and LeBlanc shared hosting duties for series 23, but LeBlanc has reportedly now been offered the chance to go it alone after Evans announced his departure on Twitter yesterday.
According to The Sun newspaper, a source said: “Matt is going to get the big job on his own. There are already active negotiations and he’s almost certain to sign now that he doesn’t have to work with Chris. Chris won’t be replaced but Matt will become the star presenter surrounded by the existing team.”
They continued: “Chris is gone – everyone here [at Top Gear] is celebrating. It’s [the first series] been a disaster.”
Evans announced his departure amidst the news that the final episode of his series of Top Gear had received the show’s lowest viewing figures since 2002, beating the record held by the new series’ fourth episode. The new series averaged only 2.8 million viewers per episode, a devastating drop from the 5.3 million that tuned into Jeremy Clarkson’s final series.
The Radio 2 presenter said on Twitter: “Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.”
Evans will continue with his other commitments with the BBC, adding: “Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future.”