Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear's future: 'I don't know'

US actor and BBC Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc.
US actor and BBC Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc.

Matt LeBlanc says he's not sure whether he will be back for more Top Gear.

Speaking to TV critics at an annual summer event, LeBlanc said of returning to the heart-pumping car show, "I don't know. I'd like to. There's nothing officially happening yet. Follow the BBC."

He said his favourite part about appearing on the series was "probably the travel," adding that he traveled to places like South Africa, Morocco and Ireland.

Last month, LeBlanc's Top Gear co-host, Chris Evans, quit the show after a one-season revamped format and a drop in ratings after three previous hosts left the series.

"That show has a pretty broad demographic. Everybody can relate to an automobile," said LeBlanc, who is promoting his new CBS sitcom, Man with a Plan, which premieres October 24.

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He said working on the Showtime single-camera comedy Episodes had "wet my appetite, and I wanted to work more. I wanted to be a part of something bigger."

He also said he likes the work schedule of a multicamera show.

In Man with a Plan, LeBlanc plays a dad who cares for his kids after his wife takes a full-time job.

"This is a new thing, a new character for me, a whole new side of me and I'm looking forward to it," he said.

LeBlanc said working on the enormously popular TV sitcom Friends made him critical of what's funny in TV.

"I'm a joke snob. I don't love what you call low-hanging fruit. I don't like that kind of stuff. I tend to go for a smarter joke, and if there's a discussion about a joke that not everyone will get it, that doesn't scare me away from the joke. ... I'd rather do jokes that take a little bit of thought."

- AP

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