Matt LeBlanc joins the new Top Gear Team

Published Date: 4th Feb 2016

The actor who we all know as Joey from Friends will join the Top Gear team when the petrol driven show returns to our screens in May. He will become the shows first US host in its 39 year history.

He has previously appeared on the show in February of 2012 as the star in a reasonably priced car, where he set the fastest time of 1:42.1 in the Kia Cee’d just beating Rowan Atkinson by 0.1 seconds.

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

"Matt's a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I'm thrilled he's joining Top Gear," said Chris Evans of his new on-screen colleague.

The BBC said that it will be confirming the rest of the cast members shortly, it is understood that they're set to announce German racing driver Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalist Chris Harris.

"Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we'll both be debating some epic road trip ideas," continued Evans in a statement.

"We can't wait to share what we've been up to on screen later this year."

Matt gave us a little clue earlier in the week with a tweet to his followers saying "very cool news coming in the next day or so".