The American actor, who achieved global fame as Joey
Tribbiani in the NBC sitcom, will be the first non-British host
of the show, the BBC said on Thursday.
"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 in a statement. "What a thrill!"
Top Gear, one of the BBC's most successful and profitable shows,
was taken off air last year after its star Jeremy Clarkson
physically attacked a member of production staff.
Clarkson, along with his two co-presenters, are working on a new
motoring show for Amazon.
British radio and TV presenter Chris Evans, who will helm the
Top Gear relaunch, said he was thrilled LeBlanc "a lifelong
fellow petrolhead" was joining the show.
(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)
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