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Matt Le Blanc to join Chris Evans as new face of Top Gear

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Joey from Friends to front BBC’s flagship automobile programme

Actor Matt Le Blanc, who is most famous for clowning around as feeble-minded character Joey in the 1990s television programme Friends, is set to join Chris Evans as a new presenter on the BBC’s Top Gear programme.

The BBC announced Le Blanc’s appointment this morning.

According to the broadcaster, Le Blanc, an American, will be the show’s first non-British host in its 39-year history.

“Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear,” said Chris Evans of his new co-presenter.

Le Blanc said: “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.

“What a thrill!” he added.

In one episode of Friends, Le Blanc’s hapless character pretends to own a Porsche, which is just great if you like that kind thing.

Perhaps more notably, in 2012 Le Blanc appeared as a guest on Top Gear and during his turn as the “star in the reasonably priced car”, he topped the leaderboard with his fast driving ability.

Here is a relevant gif from Twitter:

 

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