In what will be the third or fourth reincarnation of the show (we've lost count), 'Take Me Out' host McGuinness and 'A League of Their Own' panelist Freddie Flitoff will be replacing LeBlanc in the new series, with Chris Harris remaining. Speaking on his departure, LeBlanc said in a statement from BBC Studios that his "experience on Top Gear has been great fun. However, the time commitment and extensive travel required to present 'Top Gear' takes me away from my family and friends more than I'm comfortable with.
"It's unfortunate, but for these reasons I 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."
The news broke on the front of The Sun newspaper this morning, just left of the current Brexit mess:
Theresa May vows she’ll risk her job to ensure Brexit happens in a powerful exclusive article for @TheSun tomorrow. Plus, Paddy and Freddie shock pick to replace Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear. And the inside story about why the Beckham’s marriage is in crisis. https://t.co/xrT4MNOHtB pic.twitter.com/0zkobqcRcS
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) October 21, 2018
LeBlanc's final series as host of the car show will arrive on TV screen next Spring, while McGuinness and Flintoff's new iteration will launch in Autumn next year. The news is dividing fans online, with the reaction being a very mixed bag:
Paddy McGuinness? RIP #TopGear, dead and buried.
— Michael Lomas (@michael_lomas78) October 22, 2018
The fact that Paddy Mcguinness is now a presenter for top gear makes me want to watch it nowðŸ˜‚ #TopGear
— Becca SimmonsðŸ'¸ðŸ¦„ (@beccasimmonsX) October 22, 2018
— really?not (@coughetycough) October 22, 2018
Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff. Good jaaaayzis.
— Messer Best (@MesserBest) October 22, 2018
Would have prefered he stay and that chris harris get put on TG extra.
— End Prohibition (@afterprohibends) October 22, 2018
Imagine if you were a genuinely talented motoring journalist and you got the axe from Top Gear in favour of Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff
— Henry Willis (@WineryHills) October 22, 2018
TOP GEAR HOST
LET THE V SEE THE 8 !
— Hereward Aethelstan Fanshawe-Cholmondley âÂ?Œ (@RAINBOWSRANTS) October 22, 2018
What do you think of the news? Are the BBC flogging the TV show too much, and do we really need this new reincarnation? Let us know what you think.