If you were a fan of Matt LeBlanc on this season of Top Gear, rejoice. Sources close to Variety have the actor returning for the 24th season of the BBC show as the solo host. Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz and the oddly and under-utilized Eddie Jordan are all reportedly coming back to present, though it seems like LeBlanc will be the new face of the program, replacing the outgoing screaming, Cheeto-colored, alleged sexual harasser that is Chris Evans.
While a representative for LeBlanc has yet to officially confirm the contracts have been signed, if it all sails through the legal channels, it’ll be a busy year for the actor. LeBlanc is set to helm a new CBS comedy entitled “Man With a Plan,” his first starring role on a network sitcom since the ill-conceived “Joey” spin-off more than a decade ago. BBC and Top Gear producers are aware of the commitments to CBS and are expected to work around his U.S. shooting schedule.
While this season’s Top Gear was a tumultuous one, in terms of reviews and ratings, it also had some stiff competition in terms of airing time. Many episodes were up against matches from the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Still, the BBC released a statement from director Mark Linsey that said “the right people remain, on both the production team and the presenting team, to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be.”
Fingers crossed for the next season.