- Nov 12, 2006
- Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
- Learning to drive
http://www.topgear.com/car-news/top-gear-tv/matt-leblanc-joins-top-gearLadies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for your new Top Gear host? Mr Matt LeBlanc!
Yes, the fastest-ever Star in a Reasonably Priced Car ? he famously set an as-yet unbeaten lap time of 1m 42.1s in the Kia cee?d ? will join Chris Evans when the new series premieres in May.
?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 Matt. ?What a thrill!?
Chris Evans said of his new TG presenter: ?Matt?s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I?m thrilled he?s joining Top Gear. 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.
?We can?t wait to share what we?ve been up to on screen later this year,? he added.
Matt of course, is no stranger to TG screens. After setting that scorching lap time, he reappeared in the following series to test the new Kia cee?d against its predecessor, drove The Stig around in a McLaren MP4-12C, and recently presented the standalone spin-off Top Gear: The Races.
We?ll have more news on additional Top Gear cast members shortly?
Well, Matt LeBlanc is better known than Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood. I'd say that's a pretty good start. Plus you needed someone who's not afraid to look like a silly ass on TV, and Matt certainly qualifies on that score."Look, America, we've got one of your own co-hosting the show. Please watch. Please." From what I've heard of Evans' ego, I'm surprised he'd allow someone better known than him (at least on this side of the pond) to join him.
Presenting Top Gear requires a certain skill set, not the least of which is the willingness to consistently look like a silly ass on camera (also known as the William Shatner effect). Hard to find presenters willing to look stupid on a regular basis, in circumstances beyond their control; the BBC and its counterparts prefer to hire people who can generate authority as presenters, and usually they're afraid that looking like a berk would undermine that authority. Which is why Top Gear can't be cast like any other factual programming concept.No English talent available, then?
Considering that the "new" TGUK hasn't aired yet, isn't this judgment just a bit premature?Matt could be interesting, but I'm not gonna watch because I hate that irritating cnut Evans, he ruined the whole "new" Top Gear.
Nope.Considering that the "new" TGUK hasn't aired yet, isn't this judgment just a bit premature?
We already know that TGUK's format doesn't automatically translate with other presenters; you only have to look at TGAUS and TGUS for proof. TGUS partially resolved this by dropping the live segments and focusing on the challenges and stunt segments; CE's version is going to have a go at a different variation.
The fact that he's better known makes the viewers have certain expectations and it's an instant fuck up when/if things won't go as they expected.Well, Matt LeBlanc is better known than Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood. I'd say that's a pretty good start. Plus you needed someone who's not afraid to look like a silly ass on TV, and Matt certainly qualifies on that score.
"Her" 10-year turn? There's more to this LeBlanc than meets the eye. Either that, or E! Online needs a better editor/proofreader for their online articles. :lol:After her 10-year turn on Friends?and that little Joey spinoff many would like to forget?LeBlanc went on to star in Episodes on Showtime.