Top Gear Co-Host Matt LeBlanc Gets Two-Year Contract Extension

The last Top Gear season was just a little short of disastrous - and by that, we mean it was a bit worse than that. New host Chris Evans managed to make everybody hate him with literally the first words he spoke on the show, and everything went downhill from there.
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Like a football manager, the ginger presenter did take responsibility for the horrendous results and quit last June after just one of the three seasons in his contract. But the truth is, even if he hadn't done that, you can bet your every last penny that BBC would have fired him. Keeping him on the show would have lost the broadcaster more money than any consolation fees his contract might have had.

However, there were a few good things to take out of this miserable series of episodes, and their names are Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. Chris isn't much of a surprise as we all know him from his YouTube series, but it's nice to see him make the transition to regular TV show so neatly. Rory Reid was a bit of an unknown for those outside of the United Kingdom, but he's definitely brought something new to the show.

But the real blow came from Matt LeBlanc: who would have thought that a slightly less goofy Joey would make such a competent Top Gear presenter? Alright, he's an actor, so he can act, which is half of what a Top Gear frontman must do - something Chris Evans apparently did not know, because he surely can't do it. But he's also got character. Admittedly, Chris Evans did also, only his was best described as "obnoxious."

Following the good public reaction, BBC has decided to give Matt LeBlanc a two-year contract extension, The Mirror reports. What isn't very clear at the moment is whether he will become the main presenter alongside Harris and Reid, or if somebody else will be brought along. If BBC is so keen on listening to what we have to say, then how about bringing Jenson Button in as well? OK, let him finish his career first, but make sure that once he hangs his racing boots, he's yours for the taking. A racing driver with charisma isn't so easy to come by.
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