Matt LeBlanc signs £15 million twoyear Top Gear hosting deal

first_imgMatt will replace Chris Evans as lead host of the show after he quit following a series of gaffes Matt LeBlanc has signed a new deal to front the motoring show on his ownCredit:Gus Gregory Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Matt LeBlanc has signed a brand new Top Gear hosting deal worth around £1.5 million after the BBC lost Great British Bake Off to rival Channel 4.The former Friends star, 49, has agreed to a two-year deal after negotiations with the BBC to front the motoring show on his own. Matt will replace Chris Evans as lead host of the show after he quit following a series of gaffesCredit:Alex Howe Matt LeBlanc has signed a new deal to front the motoring show on his owncenter_img This means he is the first star to sign up to a loophole preventing his salary being made public under the Government’s proposed White Paper changesTop Gear series 24 returns to BBC Two next year. LeBlanc’s one-series contract expired in June and according to The Sun, the BBC has now agreed to work around filming of the actor’s US sitcom Man With a Plan.Matt’s role on the show will see him replace main host Chris Evans, 50, who quit in July following criticism from fans. He will carry out the celebrity interviews and be helped out by Eddie Jordan, 68, Sabine Schmitz, 47, and motoring journalists Chris Harris, 41, and Rory Reid, 36.A BBC spokesperson said: “Having proved a big hit with viewers when he co-hosted the most recent series of Top Gear, American iconic actor Matt LeBlanc has agreed a two series deal with the BBC.”Patrick Holland, Channel Editor for BBC Two said: “I am thrilled that Matt 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 BBC2 next year.” BBC TV controller Charlotte Moore is believed to have agreed the deal, which will see most of Mr LeBlanc’s salary paid through the broadcaster’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide.last_img read more