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The former ‘Friends’ actor was announced as one of Chris Evans’ new co-hosts on the rebooted version of the BBC Two motoring show last week, but he has also agreed to star in a new comedy called ‘I’m Not Your Friend’.
According to The Sun, BBC bosses are concerned that filming of the sitcom will clash with the Top Gear’s schedule, and make co-ordinating his and Chris’ availability a nightmare.
While Matt is currently filming a pilot of the show, which reunites him with ‘Friends’ director James Burrows, it has already been guaranteed a 13-episode run, and is already predicted to become a massive hit.
It could cause problems as such shows often take up to 30 weeks a year to film, and would mean lots of transatlantic commutes to fulfil his ‘Top Gear’ commitments.
A source told The Sun: “Securing Matt was regarded as a huge coup for ‘Top Gear’ but bosses will be worried about his increased involvement with the new comedy, despite already being aware of his association.
"He’s hugely keen on the comedy project and is desperate to be involved, so it would mean more time spent in the US when he may be needed for ‘Top Gear’ duties.
“Comedy is where his heart lies and if this latest show has a chance of recreating the success of ‘Friends’, he’s bound to put it first.”
Speaking about his ‘Top Gear’ role last week, Matt said: “As a car nut and a massive fan of ‘Top Gear’, I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter. What a thrill!”
Meanwhile, it has also been rumoured that former Formula One team boss Eddie Jordan is set to join the presenting line-up, with sources telling Radio Times that he is expected to be officially unveiled as a co-host in the coming days.
The rebooted ‘Top Gear’ is set to launch on Sunday 8 May.