Top Gear to hold on to Matt LeBlanc during 2017 season image

The British show has been confirmed by the BBC to have American actor Matt LeBlanc as the front man for the next two series, due to air in 2017, and he will be joined by Rory Reid and Chris Harris.

LeBlanc is leading the show after his co-host Chris Evans decided to leave at the end of Season 23 – amid poor performance and numerous speculation about his professionalism and relationship to the others – especially LeBlanc. Meanwhile, British motoring journalists Rory Reid and Chris Harris will also come for full time duties. German racing driver Sabine Schmitz and F1 pundit Eddie Jordan will be on point for regular appearances, while The Stig is of course there as well – it wouldn’t be Top Gear without him, after all. “I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear. He’s a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC next year,” commented BBC Two channel editor, Patrick Holland.

Clare Pizey will be the executive producer on the new series, currently running as BBC head of factual entertainment, with Top Gear long-termer Alex Renton being series editor. The Season 23 premiere had delivered high hopes to its fan base – even though reports talked extensively about troubled shootings – and was watched by 4.3 million viewers. The figures were then roughly halved during the season, although it appears worldwide audience was healthier. Of course, the show actually tumbled compared with previous series hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.