Star of Friends and Episodes, Matt LeBlanc, is to leave Top Gear, after two years. He took over the frontman role after Chris Evans left after one season. His co-hosts were Rory Reid and Chris Harris.

The 50-year-old stated that despite the show being ‘great fun’, the ‘time commitment and extensive travel takes me away from my friends and family more than I’m comfortable with’. He then added it was ‘unfortunate, but for these reasons will not be continuing my involvement with the show’.

‘I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success. Thanks for a great drive.’

LeBlanc’s last series will be his fourth.

Critics and fans responded quite well to the first series without Evans. We can imagine why given that Chris Evans (not the Captain America one) is one of the most annoying things to come out of the BBC since Sherlock.

This news comes following the fifth and final season of BBC Two’s Episodes, where LeBlanc starred alongside Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan.

There will now be the scramble to find someone to fill those boots. Given that the reboot had a rough time following in the footsteps of Jeremy Clarkson and co, that will only be multiplied by not managing to fill the boots of Joey Flippin’ Tribbiani.