The former ‘Friends’ star has told of how he discovered Chris would be stepping down from the reboot of the BBC Two motoring show at the same time everybody else did, when he read it in the news.
Chris announced his departure on Twitter back in July, following sliding viewing figures and poor reviews.
Revealing he had no idea about Chris’ intentions, Matt told Digital Spy: ”To be honest, I didn’t know he was quitting - I found out like everyone else. I read it in a paper and I thought, ‘Hmm… I wonder if I’m going to get a phone call about this?’
“Everybody is waiting for you to put a foot wrong and that’s tough but, you know, I like cars. I know a little bit about cars. I can say some funny things about cars. Hopefully people will watch it,” he added.
Rory recently revealed how he thinks the format of the show needs to change if it is to survive.
He told RedBull.com: “I think they’d (the BBC) incorporate the rest of us to make it like an ensemble piece. We’ll see what happens, but I expect it to be a pretty big change, and that things will be pretty different for series 24.”
The new series of ‘Top Gear’ will air on BBC Two in 2017.