Matt LeBlanc, former star of 1990s U.S. hit comedy “Friends”, said on Thursday he will step down as co-host of the BBC motoring programme “Top Gear” after the next series. The American actor, who achieved global fame as Joey Tribbiani in the NBC sitcom, was the first non-British host of the show when he started in 2016. The BBC said Le Blanc, 50, was finding the travel demands of the show too taxing.
NASA's ER-2 jet requires a fast car to help it land, and Matt LeBlanc has the perfect vehicle for the job on "Top Gear."
Matt LeBlanc has said in the past that he would like to retire in his 50s. When asked about that, the actor said, “I would like to retire earlier than later because I think I would like to do not a f***ing thing.”
Top Gear America invited actor Haley Joel Osment to drive a timed lap around their race track in a manual transmission car. But like many former child actors, he had trouble shifting gears later in his career.
"Top Gear America" host William Fichtner took the rough out of roughing it when he rented a 2017 XV-LTS by EarthRoamer for some camping.
Chris Harris said he could slide a Alfa Romeo Giulia anywhere on a previous episode of Top Gear, and this week Rory Reid dared him to prove it. Technically, Chris was right, he could the car anywhere — he never said he wouldn’t damage the car while doing it. Rory challenged Chris to slide the Giulia through a Giulia-shaped hole in a giant gray wall.
For the past four years, Game of Thrones has held the dubious honor of being the most illegally downloaded show on television. MUSO, a data analyst group that studies piracy, published a new report that reveals the opening three episodes of The Grand Tour’s first season have been downloaded nearly 19 million times. To put that in perspective according to MUSO’s 2015 report, Game Of Thrones’ Season Five finale was downloaded roughly 14.4 million times.
The original Top Gear trio is back — Richard Hammond, James May, and of course, the controversial Jeremy Clarkson. Exact streaming numbers are known only to Amazon, but the company announced that it had become the service’s most-watched series ever. The Grand Tour‘s audience is already global, with millions of viewers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria, and Japan.
BBC Top Gear's new host, Chris Evans, was blunt in discussing his compensation for working on the program, saying TV hosts “get paid too much money.”