Matt LeBlanc and other Presenters Confirmed for Top Gear 2017

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Friends and now BBC Top Gear star Matt LeBlanc returns to the BBC for 2017.  He will be joined by the two rising stars, Tesla drag-racing Rory Reid, and drift monkey Chris Harris as the new Three Stooges.  

Sabine Schmitz will be lurking in the background making ‘regular appearances’ as is Eddie Jordan and of course the Stig.

These moves seem to make sense.  Three petrolheads at the helm, one an actor, the others seasoned motoring writers and presenters seems like a recipe for success, but there’s a tough task ahead of them: turn the tables on the debacle that was Chris Evans and the first season.  Viewers turned off in their droves, and this put the entire Top Gear brand under threat.

Meanwhile… over at the Amazon camp and Clarkson, Hammond and May under the watchful eye of Exec Producer Andy Wilman are nearly ready to go with new series The Grand Tour on 18th November.

With Fifth Gear not being renewed at least we still have two motoring shows to look forward to.

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Rocko 13:35 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
Perfect. Minus Schmidt and Jordan.
svensktoppen 16:53 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
Sounds perfect (y) Matt and Chris did a great job. Sabine was great too. No idea why Rory or Jordan is there though, but hey :) Maybe see Jenson Button on the show too? He is out of a job after all, will be needing something to do :p
David.S 17:57 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
| Sounds perfect (y) Matt and Chris did a great job. Sabine was great too. No idea why Rory or Jordan is there though, but hey :) Maybe see Jenson Button on the show too? He is out of a job after all, will be needing something to do :p
I thought Rory was quite good, very down to earth.
svensktoppen 18:58 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
He is a bit fifth gear though compared to the others :p But sure, I can live with him.
McKay 19:45 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
As long as Harris is there it should be decent.
KevM 19:56 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
Harris can drive, but can also be a condescending tool
jimcupra 21:18 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
Pity Chris Evans left at least it's better than it used to be now them other 3 are away (y).
stevieturbo 21:29 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
I only caught some of the new program as a repeat on Dave the other night. Fortunately there are still repeats of the old Top Gear on Dave. The bits I seen were painfully boring to watch, and they looked so strained for the camera. As if they were trying far too hard...and doing very little.
Blackie 21:45 | Mon 26 Sep, 2016 | Report
I think that's a good choice, still not a patch on the previous line up but I think the fewer presenters than that awful show they put out this year is the best decision. Schmidt, whilst she can pilot a car, still hasn't got to grips either with speaking English confidently(although she speaks it better than I speak German) or lacks confidence in front of the camera. Jordan was fine on F1 coverage, but seemed too rigid and too scripted on Top Gear and was unable to show his true personality, so no great loss to those two. Matt started off a little wooden, possibly trying to act rather than "present", but as each episode appeared he seemed to be more relaxed and I thought got into the "role" better. I agree that Rory seemed a little too Fifth Gear but time will tell. Harris, jury's still out on him. Evans, who's he??? Lol
Brennan 01:19 | Tue 27 Sep, 2016 | Report
At least the terrible one has walked. Matt is a nice guy but is quite scripted and emotionless, Harris knows his stuff but he is more effective than a gallon of Nytol. Rory, I think is a very decent natural presenter, I did like his piece on the Tesla in the last series. Unfortunately no matter how hard they try, the majority is going to be tuning into The Grand Tour instead.


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