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LeBlanc signs deal to host Top Gear

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London - The BBC says former “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc has signed a two-series deal to host Top Gear.

The broadcaster on Monday announced that LeBlanc will front the program when it returns for a 24th series in 2017.

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Matt LeBlanc has signed up for a further two seasons of Top Gear. File picture: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.

LeBlanc was one of two hosts when Top Gear was relaunched in May after the loss of its longstanding team of presenters. His co-host, Chris Evans, quit in July after the show drew lacklustre ratings and lukewarm reviews.

A mix of humor, stunts and automotive advice, Top Gear became a global hit under presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The trio left last year after an off-set dustup in which Clarkson punched a producer. They will be hosting a new car show called The Grand Tour, on Amazon Prime.

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