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Matt LeBlanc to co-host Top Gear

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Matt LeBlanc to co-host Top Gear

Matt LeBlanc is set to co-host the new 'Top Gear'.

The former 'Friends' star, who is known for playing buffoon Joey Tribbiani in the US sitcom, will join Chris Evans as they present the forthcoming revamped show later this year.

Speaking of his new gig, Matt said: "As a car nut and a massive fan of 'Top Gear', I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter. What a thrill!"

The 48-year-old actor's signing is the first time a non-British host has fronted the motoring show in its 39-year history.

However, Matt is no stranger to the programme as he's slipped behind the wheel for the purpose of the show twice before and even holds the record to date for the fastest celebrity to whiz around the track in its reasonably priced car.

His co-host Chris said of his new colleague: "Matt's a lifelong fellow petrol head and I'm thrilled he's joining 'Top Gear'. Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we'll both be debating some epic road trip ideas. We can't wait to share what we've been up to later this year."

Meanwhile, the announcement comes just weeks after Chris, 49 - who was pulled in as the replacement for the old presenting line-up Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - teased some "big stars" would grace the track.

He said: "Hopefully we're going to have more stars, bigger stars. We want to work with Los Angeles because we know 'Top Gear' is vicariously the biggest chat show in the world."

'Top Gear' is set to return to screens on May 8.