Top Gear’s Matt LeBlanc has admitted that he won’t be staying on after his fourth series.
He says it was “great fun”, but he admits that the “time commitment and extensive travel… takes me away from my family and friends more than I’m comfortable with.”
“It’s unfortunate, but for these reasons I will not be continuing my involvement with the show. I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive.”
He was attacked by fans of the original (rebooted) Top Gear when he started in 2016 alongside Chris Evans, but eventually started to ease into his role once Evans had left and Chris Harris and Rory Reid took their positions as main co-presenters.
BBC Two controller Patrick Holland added the following:
“I want to thank the fabulous Matt LeBlanc for being a brilliant co-host on Top Gear.“Matt has thrown himself into the show with real passion, revealing his extraordinary car knowledge and a willingness to get down and dirty. We were always going to be borrowing him from his day job as one of the top comic actors in Hollywood so I wish him all the very best.“The next series of Top Gear (Matt’s last) promises to be something very special and we have great plans to welcome a new co-host to join the team for 2019 and beyond.”
We wish him luck alongside his co-presenters, and look forward to seeing what they have in store for the next series.
Had the best time working with @matt_leblanc. Sad it had to stop, but I totally understand his reasons for doing so. Best of luck big dog!
— chris harris (@harrismonkey) May 31, 2018
Thanks for the laughs @Matt_LeBlanc. What a ride! Good luck with everything you do in future. 👌🏾
— Rory Reid (@MrRoryReid) May 31, 2018