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31st May 2018

Matt LeBlanc to leave Top Gear

The Friends star began presenting the series in 2016

Kyle Picknell

He will be leaving the show ‘after the next series’.

The BBC announced today that Matt LeBlanc will be leaving motoring show Top Gear after two years. Both LeBlanc and Chris Evans took over from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2016, before Evans himself quit after their first series together.

LeBlanc has said that the show was “great fun” but admitted the reason for his departure is due to the “time commitment and extensive travel… [that] takes me away from my family and friends more than I’m comfortable with.”

“It’s unfortunate, but for these reasons I will not be continuing my involvement with the show. I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive”, he added.

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland said “I want to thank the fabulous Matt LeBlanc for being a brilliant co-host on Top Gear” in response to the news.

The announcement was made earlier today on Twitter, with a replacement yet to be announced.

My money is on David Schwimmer.