Johannesburg - Matt LeBlanc will return to host Top Gear with a new series set to air in South Africa next year.
LeBlanc will be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig. Having proved a big hit with viewers when he co-hosted the most recent series of Top Gear, American iconic actor LeBlanc has agreed to a two series deal with the BBC. Patrick Holland, Channel Editor BBC Two says: "I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc 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." Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios says: "Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us. With Chris and Rory joining Matt, we have a formidable team." Top Gear season 24 returns to BBC Brit in 2017.
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