03/04/2016 09:06 BST

'Top Gear' Host Matt LeBlanc Left 'Shaken' During Incident On Set

"He said he needed a bit of time out, and reappeared a few hours later".

Matt LeBlanc was reportedly forced to take time out from filming ‘Top Gear’ in South Africa, after being left “shaken” by an incident on set.

The former ‘Friends’ actor is said to have come close to accidentally running over a member of the crew, when he took one of the show’s cars for a test spin during a break in filming last month.

According to The Mirror, Matt didn’t realise that a member of the crew was lying down on the ground as he prepared to hit the accelerator, leaving it to another member of the ‘Top Gear’ team to alert him.

Matt LeBlanc on the set of 'Top Gear' back in February
Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc

Since head presenter Chris Evans began filming the new series of ‘Top Gear’ with the new additions to the presenting line-up, various on-set problems have been reported in the press, most notably a stunt filmed at the Cenotaph in London, which has now been scrapped after being branded “disrespectful” by critics.

However, the BBC has repeatedly denied that things aren’t going well behind the scenes, with Mark Linsey, the Acting Director of Television at the BBC recently insisting: Chris is a consummate professional and a real team-player. He is a passionate presenter who commits his heart and soul into everything he does - whether his Radio 2 show, Children In Need or ‘Top Gear’ - and we are extremely fortunate to have him leading the show.”

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