Matt LeBlanc has announced that he will be leaving the car-centric series Top Gear after their 26th season, his fourth as co-host. The former Friends star and current star of The Man With a Plan announced his plans to exit the series today in a statement:
My experience on Top Gear has been great fun. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the whole team. However, the time commitment and extensive travel required to present Top Gear 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.
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 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.
LeBlank joined the show in 2016 with co-hosts Chris Harris and Rory Reid after the turmoil cause by the exit of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The series airs on BBC America in the U.S. with the 25th season having just ended on April 1st.