Matt LeBlanc will leave the Top Gear at the end of the upcoming broadcast of the 26 series.
Matt LeBlanc joined Top Gear with Chris Evans and was the first presenter of the show from outside the UK. So far he has been the presenter of the three series of the show and is currently running the show together with Chris Harris and Rory Reid, after the show returned to the scheme of the three main presenters.
Unfortunately, there will be big changes in the program and Matt will no longer lead the show, and Chris Harris will probably take over the role of the main leader. The official reason for his departure is the time he spends travelling from the USA to the UK, and recording the programme in the UK significantly reduces his opportunities to spend time with his family and friends in Los Angeles.
“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.” – Matt added.
Matt’s departure from the program was commented on by Patrick Holland, BBC Two’s spokesman – “I want to thank the fabulous Matt LeBlanc for being a brilliant co-host on Top Gear. Matt has thrown himself into the show with real passion, revealing his extraordinary car knowledge and a willingness to get down and dirty. We were always going to be borrowing him from his day job as one of the top comic actors in Hollywood so I wish him all the very best.”
26th season of Top Gear is currently being recorded and its emission is planned for the beginning of 2019.
Who will replace Matt LeBlanc will probably be announced at the end of the year or with a launch of the new season of the show.