Matt LeBlanc (Joey!) to join BBC Top Gear as co presentor

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WeAllHaveWings Thu 04-Feb-16 11:35:20

Might just need to tune in to see how Joey gets on. Not fussy on Chris Evans so wasn't planning on watching new show, but you gotta love Joey!

WeAllHaveWings Thu 04-Feb-16 11:35:54

BBC linky

LemonBreeland Thu 04-Feb-16 11:37:03

I love Matt LeBlanc. I will certainly be watching to see how it goes.

HooseRice Thu 04-Feb-16 11:38:19

I <heart> MLB. I will be watching. I used to enjoy TG in the earlier years but it had become totally shit. I'll look forward to it now.

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 04-Feb-16 11:46:49

Brilliant (and surprising) addition. Pretty inspired casting.

Since Episodes I'm a bit of a fan of Matt's.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 04-Feb-16 11:49:56

Oh wow, I might start watching.

abbsismyhero Thu 04-Feb-16 11:51:39

i think i know why they put him in chris evans is not enough they have to get a big nice star involved especially with all the bad publicity around evans and his antics

im still unbothered by watching it

shoesSHOES Thu 04-Feb-16 11:53:55

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MitzyLeFrouf Thu 04-Feb-16 11:56:23

im still unbothered by watching it

Er, what does this mean? You don't mind watching it or you don't plan to watch it?

BitOutOfPractice Thu 04-Feb-16 11:56:42

Oh I love MlB too (especially after Episodes where is totally self deprecatingly brilliant)

Very surprising announcement! And interesting.

fastingmum123 Thu 04-Feb-16 12:03:57

I loved in him episodes never liked friends much. May give it a watch but really liked the old ones so not to sure plus Chris Evans does my head in.

Outaboutnowt Thu 04-Feb-16 12:06:38

Aww I was still hoping for Alan Partridge sad

Destinysdaughter Thu 04-Feb-16 12:09:29

No way! That's a bit interesting. May actually watch it now. If they got Aiden Turner, half the women in the country would be watching just to drool over him..! grin

AnnPerkins Thu 04-Feb-16 12:11:02

It changes things for me. I went off TG years ago and wasn't interested in the new version but I'll give it a try with lovely Matt Le B in it.

ChipsandGuac Thu 04-Feb-16 12:12:08

I think that's to attract more BBC America viewers as, let's face it, Chris Evans is not a known face over here. Top Gear is (or was) the jewel in BBCA's crown, along with Dr Who, and now they have to compete against Amazon's version with the original TG 3, the executives are flapping.

harryhausen Thu 04-Feb-16 12:27:49

There's much affection for MLB in the UK since Episodes I think. I certainly like him in a whole other way. Really sharp and self deprecating (in Episodes anyway!). I still watched TG to the end and enjoyed it. I wasn't too bothered about Chris Evans in TG but now it's just got interesting.

ZaZathecat Thu 04-Feb-16 12:36:09

That should attract a whole new raft of viewers (me included - loved him in Episodes.)

mouldycheesefan Thu 04-Feb-16 15:20:27

Genius casting.

Chippednailvarnish Thu 04-Feb-16 16:00:37

I bet Jeremy Clarkson is pissed off grin

Really like Matt Le Blanc, appeals to women and men, can drive, loves cars and won't be punching any junior crew members. Class act!

Veritat Thu 04-Feb-16 17:58:30

Excellent. I really like the way he's prepared to take the piss out of himself in Episodes, and it really is a bit of a slap in the face for everyone who claims they can't get anyone to match Clarkson.

Sparklingbrook Thu 04-Feb-16 18:06:13

Seems a bit bizarre to me. My teens loved Top Gear, they aren't wildly excited by the news.
But they are holding out for Clarkson & Co TBF.

GiddyOnZackHunt Thu 04-Feb-16 18:11:25

Interesting but not enough to outweigh the horror of Chris Evans for me. I loved old TG.

Sparklingbrook Thu 04-Feb-16 18:14:09

The last thing I heard about New Top Gear is that filming was not going well, because CE can't drive and talk to the camera at the same time.

AndYourBirdCanSing Thu 04-Feb-16 18:20:14

I think it's a good move actually!

MissyMaker Thu 04-Feb-16 18:20:42

Bet he doesn't get out of 2nd gear....

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