Matt LeBlanc keen for Top Gear return

Matt LeBlanc Top Gear return
Matt Le Blanc

Matt LeBlanc doesn’t know if he will return to TV show Top Gear.

After the unceremonious exit of host Chris Evans, Matt was tipped to become the show’s main star with reports claiming BBC bosses were keen for the former Friends actor to stay on.

Chris announced his decision to quit the motoring programme last month (Jul16) writing in a Twitter statement: “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.”

However, when Matt was asked how he would split his time between his upcoming CBS sitcom Man with a Plan alongside Top Gear, he admitted that he was still in the dark about returning to the show.

“Carefully,” he responded when speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour. “I’m not sure what’s happening with Top Gear. I’d like to (return), but there’s nothing officially happening yet. Call the BBC!”

Following Chris’ exit from the show after just one series, he strongly endorsed Matt, despite reports that the pair didn’t get along. The BBC Radio 2 broadcaster called Matt “the captain Top Gear truly needs going forward… The simple truth is he and Top Gear were made for each other.”

The BBC has previously said it has no plans to replace Chris when Top Gear returns for a 24th season.

Matt told critics at the TCAs his favourite part about appearing on the series was “probably the travel”, adding that he visited places including South Africa, Morocco and Ireland.

“That show has a pretty broad demographic. Everybody can relate to an automobile,” he told the audience.

The former Friends star was promoting his new show Man with a Plan in which he plays a father who cares for his children after his wife takes a full-time job. The CBS sitcom premieres on 24 October (16).

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