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Matt LeBlanc is confirmed as host of the next series of 'Top Gear'. In fact, he's signed a deal to present the next two series of the long-running motoring show.

The former 'Friends' star hosted the show last series alongside Chris Evans. However, following poor ratings, Evans announced he would not return to the series.

Patrick Holland, channel editor of BBC Two, welcomed the LeBlanc announcement.

"I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to 'Top Gear'," he said. "He's a huge talent whose love of cars in infectious. I can't wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year."

Mark Linsey, director of BBC Studios, added that LeBlanc was a hit with viewers. "Matt was hugely popular with 'Top Gear' viewers last series with his humour, warmth, and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn't be more delighted that he's agreed to come back and do more for us," he said.

Co-hosts Rory Reid and Chris Harris will also return, as will their spinoff show 'Extra Gear'. The main 'Top Gear' show will also include return appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig.

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