Top Gear Matt LeBlanc

After a tumultuous first series with an all-new, six-host cast, BBC has confirmed that Matt LeBlanc will return to Top Gear for Series 24, which will air on BBC Two in the United Kingdom and other global networks next year. The American actor has agreed to star in two more series in a new deal.

What’s more, Chris Harris and Rory Reid will be promoted to main host status alongside LeBlanc, with Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz making regular appearances on the show as before.

“I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear. He’s a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year,” said BBC Two’s channel editor Patrick Holland.

Director of BBC Studios Mark Lindsey said, “Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humour, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more delighted that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us.”

The British motoring TV show didn’t get off to a great start this year, with viewer ratings plummeting sharply amid criticism of its then lead host Chris Evans. Tensions were reportedly rising among the hosts, too, with LeBlanc even going so far as to threaten to leave if Evans stayed. The latter eventually announced he was leaving the show just after the series finale aired on July 4.