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Matt LeBlanc: Top Gear host will return for two more years

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Roderick Fountain

Matt LeBlanc is heading back to Top Gear.

The BBC announced Monday that the former Friends star will host the show for another two seasons.

“Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humor, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us,” said Mark Linsey, director of BBC Studios.

Over the summer, LeBlanc had expressed a desire to return but noted nothing was set in stone. “I’m not sure what’s happening with Top Gear just yet,” LeBlanc said during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in August. “I don’t know. I’d like to. There’s nothing officially happening yet. Call the BBC.”

LeBlanc is currently starring on the CBS comedy Man with a Plan.

Back in July, Top Gear co-host Chris Evans quit the show, but praised LeBlanc on his way out. “For me, he is the man. He is the captain Top Gear truly needs going forward,” Evans wrote in a piece for the Daily Mail. “Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he’s just such a pro.”

LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid will continue to co-host the show when it returns for another series.