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Matt LeBlanc 'offered big money for Top Gear's second series'

Published 01/06/2016

Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc has proved such a hit with Top Gear viewers that BBC bosses are apparently prepared to offer him a huge salary to return to host a second series of the motoring show.

Matt LeBlanc is reportedly being courted by BBC bosses to host Top Gear for a second series.

The 48-year-old former Friends actor co-presents the motoring show with British host Chris Evans, with the first episode of the rebooted programme airing on Sunday (29May16).

While the new version received mixed reviews from fans, Matt's presenting style was one thing that was widely praised.

And according to The Sun newspaper, television bosses are now desperate to convince the star to return to helm the show for a second series.

"Matt came across really well, he can drive and certainly knows his motors," a source told the publication. "Matt is crucial to the success going forward."

Despite Matt's success on the show, his fellow presenter Chris earned less than rave reviews, with many viewers describing him as "shouty and annoying".

The flame-haired star is also not known in America, so bosses are apparently hoping that Matt will agree to their hefty salary for a second series return in order to secure the success of the show Stateside.

However, Matt is certainly in demand, and is also being kept busy with new U.S. comedy I'm Not Your Friend. As well as starring in 13 episodes of the show, Matt will also help produce it.

Chris and Matt were enlisted as hosts of the show following the departure of former presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The trio have now signed up for their own motoring series on Amazon Prime called The Grand Tour, which will air later this year (16).

While Top Gear bosses were hoping Chris and Matt could replicate the success of the former Top Gear, their first episode drew disappointing ratings, with only 4.3 million viewers tuning in - well below their reported target.

A BBC spokesperson refused to comment on contracts when contracted by The Sun.

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