Matt LeBlanc and 'Top Gear' Were "Made for Each Other"

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Outgoing host Chris Evans praises the former 'Friends' star, who looks set to take the solo helm of the BBC's motoring show.

Matt LeBlanc has received a rousing endorsement from his short-lived Top Gear colleague as he looks set to become the solo host of the BBC motoring show.

"For me, he is the man. He is the captain Top Gear truly needs going forward, the perfect torso for the rest of TG's limbs," said Chris Evans, who last week announced he was hanging up his driving gloves after just one season as co-host.

Writing in his weekly column for the Mail on Sunday, Evans added that LeBlanc and Top Gear were "made for each other."

"Not only does he eat, sleep, breathe and dream engines, propshafts and trail-braking, but the overwhelming quality that struck me about him is that he's just such a pro," Evans said. "The whole time I worked with him, he never once looked at the clock, was never late on set, knew his lines inside out and back to front and, most importantly on such an intense production, he always had time for everyone, especially the crew."

Evans stepped down from Top Gear following intense media scrutiny and falling ratings, which hit a show low last week with an average of 1.9 million viewers.

The BBC has since indicated that it won't replace the radio DJ, with LeBlanc set to take the reins. But that hasn't stopped bookmakers speculating on a new host being named in the future. Former breakfast TV presenter James Martin is now considered the favorite.

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