So yesterday we reported that Top Gear was in even more trouble and about to lose its other main presenter, Matt Leblanc. That, as we now know, turned out to be a bunch of bunk, but that’s the leads you get in the crazy fast world of online media.
Today we’re finding out that Leblanc is indeed returning to Top Gear, but his pockets will be lined with dollars, or in this case pounds. The Mirror is reporting that the former “Friends” star will return to a whopping £1 million pay day.
Matt LeBlanc has agreed to return to Top Gear and may even double his money with a new £1m deal.
In Los Angeles on Wednesday promoting his new sitcom Man With A Plan, Matt was asked about doing more Top Gear and insisted: “I don’t know. I’d like to. There’s nothing officially happening yet. Follow the BBC.”
However, BBC insiders have now told the Mirror that coy Matt has verbally agreed to return and will sign a new one year deal shortly.
Chris Evans, who quit in July, had a £1m deal and Matt was reportedly on £500,000 for the last series.
So double pay? Yea, that’s a pretty nice payday.
But it is thought he could earn up to £1million for Series 24 of the car show.
A show source said: “Matt was one of the positive aspects of the last series, he is keen to return and we definitely want him back so it will happen, we just need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’.
“We think he will be back filming soon and he is excited about some of the ideas we have lined up.”
So essentially, in TV land, that’s a done deal unless Leblanc verbally and/or physically assaults a boom mic operator. I put the chances of that at nil. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens and what Leblanc can do with the show now that Evans and Evans’ writers are gone. We anticipate a much smoother show with less awkwardness.
(Source: The Mirror)