The BBC has confirmed that Matt LeBlanc is set to return to host two more seasons of the British automotive show “Top Gear”. LeBlanc signed up in a deal said to be worth $2.6 million, but the pubcaster did not comment on LeBlanc’s salary.
LeBlanc returns next year without his original co-host Chris Evans who quit earlier this summer following a ratings slide and criticism of Evans’ hosting – the season finale hiting a dismal 1.9 million viewers. Instead, Chris Harris and Rory Reid will join while Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig will also make regular appearances on the show.
LeBlanc and Evans were originally hired to replace popular hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond after the BBC fired Clarkson in 2015 for punching a producer. Clarkson, May and Hammond are returning to the screen in November with Amazon’s rival automotive show “The Grand Tour”.