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LeBlanc, who starred as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom Friends and plays a version of himself on the BBC-Showtime comedy Episodes, is the first non-British actor to host the BBC show in its 39-year history.
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“What a thrill!”
LeBlanc has appeared on the program twice before and holds a record for fastest ever celebrity lap, according to BBC. He also hosted the spin-off standalone program Top Gear: The Races, which was made for the British public broadcaster’s digital download service.
The show’s revamp became necessary after former host Jeremy Clarkson left the program amid a scandal. Clarkson was fired after he punched a producer during an off-set altercation. His fellow hosts James May and Richard Hammond also left.
The altercation threatened the show itself, as Clarkson’s brash persona was a large part of the program’s appeal to fans. A self-styled enemy of political correctness, Clarkson had repeatedly found himself in trouble with the BBC after a series of incidents, including one in which he used a racist word during the filming of a show.
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