Matt LeBlanc, the actor best known for his role as Joey in the hilarious sitcom Friends, has just been announced as the new Top Gear host, and many people did not see this coming.
Top Gear was thrilled with its new host — who, alongside radio host Chris Evans, will be replacing Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond — and took to Twitter to share the announcement.
— Top Gear (@BBC_TopGear) February 4, 2016
But many fans of the longstanding BBC show are unsure about the choice of host (he will also be the first non-British host on the show).
— shaks (@akrvm) February 4, 2016
— Sofa Stories (@Sofa_Stories) February 4, 2016
But Joey was so in love with Porsche!
— jonni (@JonniWedge) February 4, 2016
— Kerry~Anne (@kerryanneg9) February 4, 2016
@BBC_TopGear The final nail…. Matt simply dosen't have the true passion for cars. He is a tsunami of embarrassing awkward one liners.
— David Tarp (@TarpCPH) February 4, 2016
@BBC_TopGear Top Gear = May + Hamond + Clarkson, no one else
— Eliott (@eliott_grd) February 4, 2016
Granted, LeBlanc is going to have some big shoes to fill, and it’s hard to imagine anyone other than the famous trio that Top Gear fans know and love, but LeBlanc does love cars, and he’s also pretty hilarious. He’s also appeared on the show twice as a guest, and according to USA Today, he has bragging rights for being the “fastest star to race around the track in a reasonably priced car.”
And some people are willing to give him a chance.
— Sarah Morris (@Sarah_W_Morris) February 4, 2016
Plus at least one person is really excited about the news — LeBlanc!
— Matt LeBlanc (@Matt_LeBlanc) February 4, 2016
“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,” he said in a statement. “What a thrill!”