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New Top Gear hosts Evans and LeBlanc Roll up to GAA match as they film in Kerry

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
LeBlanc and Evans in Kerry
LeBlanc and Evans in Kerry

New Top Gear hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc have been raving about Kerry, where they are creating a stir as they film a segment of the show.

The pair took to Twitter to share their delight with the Wild Atlantic Way’s scenery, with Evans describing their Kerry surroundings as “heaven on earth”.

Meanwhile, former Friends star LeBlanc has been pulling  pints and meeting delighted locals in Kenmare as filming begins.

They were also in Dingle, where they planned to watch locals take part in a GAA match, while Evans mentioned on his BBC Radio 2 chat show earlier this week that they were also considering Killorglin as a location.

But even though the motor LeBlanc was driving caused almost as much excitement for locals, it wasn’t the sleekness of the Rolls Royce Dawn that captivated him, or the smoothness of the ride.

What he was most excited about in Kerry this weekend was a feature which allows you to dry a saturated umbrella!

“So let me get this right,” he asked the Sunday World. 

“In the front wing of the car there’s a panel you push. It opens and you can put in your umbrella and the hot air generated by the engine dries it so you can use it the next time no problem. How cool is that?!”

The American actor, who’ll forever be linked with Joey Tribbiani – the loveable character he played in the hit TV sitcom – was clearly enjoying his 48 hours in Kerry, where he was joined by fellow Top Gear host Evans on Friday night.

For broadcaster Evans, Kerry holds special memories. 

He spoke of how he was so inspired listening to Gerry Ryan one morning on the radio while visiting the county that he immediately decided to buy a radio station in the U.K. and get back on air after a spell away from the airwaves.

“It was a life-changing moment,” he revealed. 

“I’ll never forget it. Gerry was amazing, he was the best of the best. Because of him I got back into radio.”

With expectation building ahead of the show’s May premiere – and the first post-Jeremy 
Clarkson series – both stars admitted to feeling a certain amount of nerves.

“It has this giant following, people talk about it as if they’ve already seen it and they’re so excited and I feel like saying ‘hold on, it’s still possible for us to screw this up’,” joked LeBlanc.