Matt LeBlanc has announced he’s leaving Top Gear after the next series, in a shock move that frankly nobody saw coming.
Drafted in alongside Chris Evans and Rory Reid after Clarkson, Hammond and May departed, LeBlanc has become a favourite with a lot of fans for his increasingly evident ad-libbed wit and his growing rapport with Chris Harris.
But being away from his family so much has taken its toll, according to the former Friends star. While he acknowledged it had been “great fun,” he said:
“…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.”
The media frenzy over who will replace him starts now.