Top Gear: Matt LeBlanc's appointment as host met with mixed reaction from fans

Top Gear fans aren't sure how to feel about Friends star Matt LeBlanc being unveiled as the show's new co-host.

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The 48-year-old self-confessed "car nut" and "massive Top Gear fan" had already been hosting a spin-off series on BBC America and also held the record for fastest celebrity lap on the show.

But when news broke on Friday that LeBlanc would be co-presenting the revamped British racing series alongside Chris Evans, some fans described it on Twitter as the death knell for Top Gear and their "darkest fears confirmed".

The new <i>Top Gear</i> line-up.
The new Top Gear line-up. 

"Sorry, but Top Gear is dead. Everybody knows it," one person wrote.

Said another: "I give it 5 episodes."


Others took umbrage with the fact the show will be co-hosted by an American. LeBlanc will be the first American host in the show's 39-year history.

"Why would I want watch a yank present a British show?," one British cab driver wrote on Twitter.

Matt LeBlanc with the Stig.
Matt LeBlanc with the Stig. 

"Won't be the same without Clarkson, Hammond and James," said another woman.

But LeBlanc's appointment has also won plaudits from fans, with some even going as far to call it the reason they won't watch Hammond, Clarkson and May.

"Actually going to give Top Gear a go now. @Matt_LeBlanc is going to be amazing."

"Fair play to the BBC. Pulling Matt LeBlanc out of the bag as a Top Gear presenter is such a good move. I'll be watching, 100%."

The top-rating BBC program has undergone a major overhaul after hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond left last year when Clarkson was fired by the BBC for assaulting a producer.

The three men are currently filming their own motoring show for Amazon Prime.

Top Gear will relaunch in May later this year with new presenters British former Formula One driver David Coulthard, German motor racing driver Sabine Schmitz and British motoring journalist Chris Harris.

No date has been set for Jeremy Clarkson's new show.