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The internet reacts to Matt LeBlanc as Top Gear co-host



If there's anything that's captured the hearts and minds of the British public over the last few months it's the question of whether the new Top Gear is going to be any good.

Today's news that Matt LeBlanc, yes that Matt LeBlanc, is to co-host the new series alongside Chris Evans hasn't exactly done much to answer that question – in fact it's made it even more difficult to say.

But the announcement has certainly caused a stir among the online community, who have taken to Twitter in predictable fashion to announce their views on the news.

Let the memes commence:

Some are less than thrilled however:

LeBlanc previously set the fastest celebrity lap time in the reasonably priced car when the show was hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

He's also apparently quite into his cars so this could either be a stroke of genius from the BBC or a complete fail.

Let us know what you think about the news in the comments.

John Brown

February 4, 2016, 12:40 pm

Chris Evans reason #1
Matt Le Blanc, reason #2, not to watch Top Gear.


February 4, 2016, 1:39 pm

Anyone is better than the Dinosaur Clarkson with his racist, chauvinistic opinions, he thought he was untouchable. I'm glad BBC had the guts to get rid of him


February 4, 2016, 2:01 pm

The show is cringe-inducing scripted nonsense.

I like Chris Evans and think he'd be a good host for a motoring show, but I'm not watching Top Gear. It's just light family entertainment.

Matthew Bunton

February 4, 2016, 2:18 pm

Can't stand Evans but don't mind Le Blanc though he seems a strange choice.


February 4, 2016, 4:12 pm

I'm going to watch it and give it a chance, new show, new premise, new hosts, new ideas... Top Gear is more than just it's presenters.... Most people saying Clarkson and crew made the show blah blah blah probably didn't watch it before it was relaunched in 2002.


February 4, 2016, 4:19 pm

I'll have to watch the first one just to see how it all turns out. Don't have high hopes, though Chris Harris – a respected motoring journo – is supposed to be involved, so want to see him in it.


February 4, 2016, 6:24 pm

I really don't mind him and it may be that he slots in well with the other presenter's chemistry.
I've no real idea if he's 'suitable'.
Hope the German girl is still on board!

Anyone know when the first episode is due?


February 4, 2016, 8:08 pm

Some time in May. It deserves a chance


February 5, 2016, 7:40 am

Maybe Top Gear will revert to being a programme about cars? I lost interest when it became a comedy-caper vehicle for its own 'stars' egos.


February 5, 2016, 11:08 am

there's a SJW born every day.

Spike Black

February 5, 2016, 11:18 am

The last series wasn't great, whenever JC, May and Hammond try to be funny it usually isn't they go ott like Austin Powers 3 and take the jokes too far. Although I'm liking May's new series of Cars of the People.
Le Blanc is a good choice if they're going to try and get US viewers and guests. He's more well known then Evans outside the UK and the BBC needed someone high profile to try and keep the sales up.


February 6, 2016, 3:49 am

Thanks for reply Donald.

I think it will 'get a chance' if only because it's simpler to engage normal TV than sod around downloading 'apps', creating accounts, subscription commitments and actually paying, extra!


February 6, 2016, 7:59 am

I think it will be ok to be honest as the joking on the old series I feel had gone too far. I would actually like a balanced mixture of fun and actual car reviews - plus - as you've mentioned - it's cheaper than paying to see the other one.

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