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Matt LeBlanc stays silent over rumours of Top Gear feud with Chris Evans

Matt LeBlanc is thrilled he, Chris Harris and Rory Reid are "really starting to click" as co-hosts of Top Gear.

Matt LeBlanc has refused to address claims of a feud with former Top Gear co-host Chris Evans.

The ex Friends star presented the revamp of the BBC motoring programme alongside flame-haired petrolhead Chris. But after just one series, Chris left, amid reports that he and Matt didn't get on.

It was alleged the pair's relationship took a turn for the worse when Chris apologised for a controversial stunt Matt completed, which involved doing wheel spins around the historic Cenotaph war memorial in London.

However, in a new interview with The Sun, Matt wouldn't be drawn into talking about Chris, instead telling the publication it takes time to build up a similar relationship to former presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

"What people forget is for the three guys that were on the show before us, it took them a while to build a rapport," he said. "This is now the first season for the three of us and it does take a little while.

You take the three people, put them together in a room and say, ‘It’s in your interest to get along’ and everyone is open to getting along. But it takes a little while to speed up the shorthand."

But Matt continued to insist he and new co-hosts Chris Harris and Rory Reid are working really well as a threesome.

"What’s great is we are now getting to a point where we are really starting to click," he smiled. "We are having so much fun together."

The trio will start filming in the studio for the upcoming series on Wednesday (22Feb17), with producers hoping they have found the right stars to emulate Clarkson, May and Hammond's chemistry.

After Clarkson was let go from the programme following a row with a producer, Hammond and May opted to leave with him, with the trio then signing a multi-million pound deal with Amazon to star in their show The Grand Tour.

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