Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BBC Says American Actor Matt LeBlanc to Join 'Top Gear'

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BBC Says American Actor Matt LeBlanc to Join 'Top Gear'

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LONDON - Former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc will be joining the BBC's popular "Top Gear" program, presenting the revamped car show with Chris Evans, the British broadcaster said Thursday. LeBlanc, who starred as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom "Friends, is the first non-British actor to host the BBC show in its 39-year history.

One of the globe's most popular programs, "Top Gear" has won a huge following with its mix of car tips, driving stunts and jokey banter.

"As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honored and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter, LeBlanc said. "What a thrill!

The show's revamp became necessary after former host Jeremy Clarkson left the program amid a scandal. Clarkson was fired after he punched a producer during an off-set altercation. …

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