Matt LeBlanc to leave Top Gear

Following statement from the BBC:

Matt LeBlanc is to leave Top Gear after the next series.

The Friends and Episodes star began presenting the show alongside Chris Evans in 2016.

LeBlanc then fronted the show with Rory Reid and Chris Harris, after Evans left after his first series.

LeBlanc said that despite the show being “great fun”, the “time commitment and extensive travel… takes me away from my family and friends more than I’m comfortable with.”

He added: “It’s unfortunate, but for these reasons I will not be continuing my involvement with the show. I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive.”

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland said: “I want to thank the fabulous Matt LeBlanc for being a brilliant co-host on Top Gear.”