'Top Gear' Press Launch Sees Matt LeBlanc Missing From New Presenting Team

The presenters debuted the new series to the world's media.

25/05/2016 14:33

The new 'Top Gear' line-up attended their first official engagement as a team on Wednesday (25 May), but there was one notable absentee. 

Matt LeBlanc was not present at the global press launch of the rebooted BBC Two motoring show, as his co-stars debuted the new series to the world's media.

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Matt LeBlanc was absent from the 'Top Gear' press launch

Chris Evans was joined by Formula One team boss Eddie Jordan, racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist Rory Reid and YouTuber Chris Harris at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

However, Matt's absence had nothing to do with his so-called 'fall out' with Chris Evans, as he is currently filming the final series of his BBC Two sitcom 'Episodes'.

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The new 'Top Gear' team launched the show to the world's media

The former 'Friends' star recently spoke out to deny rumours he and Chris had come to blows during filming, telling Radio Times: “All this stuff that Chris and I are at war with each other is a big load of bullshit. We’ve never had a rift.

“I’m a true car fan, Chris is a true car fan. We’re hanging out, having a laugh, doing our best. He is an extremely smart guy. I’d beat him in a race, though – and you can tell him I said that.”

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Chris Evans is heading up the new presenting team

Matt also teased that his former 'Friends' co-stars could pop up in future episodes.

“[David] Schwimmer is into cars," he told the magazine. “After him it’s probably Courtney [Cox]. She’s a car nut, believe it or not. She’s forever asking me about cars and I’m forever talking her out of some rubbish she wants to buy.”

The new series of 'Top Gear' begins on Sunday (29 May) at 8pm on BBC Two. 

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