It hasn’t always been easy for Matt LeBlanc since he started hosting Top Gear. The low ratings of the show’s 23rd season and the war memorial “scandal” put a lot of pressure on him. There have also always been rumors about his rocky relationship with his co-host Chris Evans. Although Matt has stated that they were fine and that he “liked Chris Evans”, both reportedly haven’t spoken since Chris quit the show.
Therefore, one may assume that LeBlanc – who seemingly gets along fine with his new co-hosts Chris Harris and Rory Reid – was on his way to catch a break with Top Gear’s new season. However, this apparently isn’t the case.
Matt LeBlanc thinks about his retirement
A few days ago, Britain’s Daily Star reported that Matt LeBlanc informed the BBC about his retirement plans. The Star announced that he wants to quit TV altogether within the next couple of years. “I want to retire in my early fifties”, he says, yearning for more of a personal life.
Many of us may think that being a host on a car show like Top Gear would be a dream job, but actually it proves to be very stressful. Working on TV and constantly being watched by a hawk-eyed community like Top Gear’s has to eat at you.
While we don’t know how long Matt will actually stay as Top Gear’s main host, it probably won’t be as long as Clarkson, Hammond and May. Altogether, we can’t even anticipate how long the BBC will even stick to Top Gear as a program. We don’t want to sound too gloomy, but considering the low ratings of Top Gear’s 23rd season, the next seven episodes most definitely need to up their game. Otherwise Top Gear probably won’t be around much longer, with or without Matt LeBlanc.
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