More drama for Top Gear
Matt Le Blanc has signed a £2m deal to host the next series of Top Gear, according to new reports.
The Friends actor was offered the huge sum of money after fears the show would go into “crisis” after losing The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4, The Sun reported.
According to the publication, Le Blanc had been in talks with the broadcaster about becoming the next solo host after his contract ended in June this year.
A source told The Sun: “Bake Off going to Channel 4 was a disaster and a real blow. Losing Matt because of a few diary arrangements would have spun Top gear into crisis yet again.
“[BBC TV controller] Charlotte Moore looks like she has really aged in the last couple of weeks and had even offered Paul Hollywood a role on Top Gear to try and get him to stay.
“In the end they just wanted to sign up Matt as he’s great with the fans and gives the show stability as it’s due to start filming within days.”
A BBC spokesperson branded the news “wild speculation” and told the Standard: “It’s true however that Matt Le Blanc is back but we have said that all along. Line up remains the same bar Chris Evans.”
Le Blanc joined the show with with Evans after Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left the programme.
Rumours suggested that Evans and Le Blanc had a falling out and the radio DJ was panned by critics heavily.The show also hit the headlines after provoking controversy with a ‘donut’ stunt metres away from the Cenotaph.