However, Matt has now through his future with the programme into doubt, claiming that his new US sitcom ‘Man With A Plan’ is his priority.
Speaking at Television Critics Association press panel in Los Angeles on Wednesday (10 August), he said: “I’m not sure what’s happening with ‘Top Gear’ just yet, but this is my priority.
“I don’t know [if I will return]. I’d like to. There’s nothing officially happening just yet - call the BBC.”
The rebooted version of the show suffered declining viewing figures and received a critical mauling, resulting in Chris Evans stepping down after just one series.
The Radio 2 DJ later publicly backed Matt to take over as Top Gear’s main host, writing in his Daily Mail column: “Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he’s just such a pro.
“The whole time I worked with him, he never once looked at the clock, was never late on set, knew his lines inside out and back to front and, most importantly on such an intense production, he always had time for everyone, especially the crew.
It had been thought filming on the next series was due to start next month.
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