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BBC Pay Matt LeBlanc $2 Million To Host Top Gear

That's a lot of power for Joey Tribbiani.

As it turns out, teaching Jeremy Clarkson the lesson of humility has become an incredibly expensive project for the BBC. After giving ex-Top Gear host Chris Evans a try that resulted in dismal ratings, the redheaded car nerd was skipped over when invitations for Top Gear’s host spot were being given out. We already knew that his replacement was likely going to be Matt LeBlanc but that wasn't set in stone. Until now. According to the BBC, LeBlanc has signed off on a £2 million ($2.6 million) deal to be host for two seasons on Top Gear.

Of the group, LeBlanc is simply more relatable thanks to his vast experience on camera and his tendency to sprinkle in a bit of humor. While we car fans may think it more natural to see Harris at the helm, we have to remember that the BBC likes to think of Top Gear as more of an entertainment show with the supercars being the expensive and desirable props. With a decade and 236 episodes of acting under his belt (and that’s only the “Friends” series), the Golden Globe nominee should be more than equipped to handle a TV show. The problem is Top Gear is more than just a run of the mill sitcom, especially with Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond setting the par so high.

It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see the type of charismatic chemistry that the old trio had behind the BBC’s car show again, but the best we can hope for is that it doesn’t get ruined a-la-Chris Evans. At first, the BBC was reluctant to meet LeBlanc’s salary demands, but after recently losing its “Bake Off” series, the broadcasting corporation caved in order to avoid another money-grubbing drama. As The Grand Tour ramps up for its November 18 debut, Top Gear must have its lineup, consisting of LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid, up to snuff if it has any hope of competing. In the end, we are the winners because now we should get two excellent car shows.

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