'Top Gear' Bosses Aren't Looking To Replace Chris Evans And Want To Keep Matt LeBlanc For New Series

'Clearly viewers enjoyed Matt LeBlanc, and we want him back.'

BBC Studios boss Mark Linsley has opened up about the future of ‘Top Gear’, admitting that the corporation are keen to hold onto Matt LeBlanc.

Following the departure of Chris Evans at the end of the last series - who bowed out after receiving poor reviews and low ratings - Mark has insisted that the BBC aren’t looking to replace him, and instead will focus on the remaining members of the presenting team.

<strong>Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc on the set of 'Top Gear'</strong>
Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc on the set of 'Top Gear'
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On the subject of whether they’re looking for a new lead presenter, Mark told The Guardian: We are not at the moment.

<strong> Matt LeBlanc</strong>
Matt LeBlanc
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Since the ill-fated reboot wrapped up earlier this year, viewers have urged producers to put Matt in the spotlight for the next series, with Chris even heaping praise on his former co-host.

Meanwhile, presenter Rory Reid has admitted that changes need to be made to the format, while TV chef James Martin has been widely tipped to be joining the show.

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