Top Gear is back on the BBC, airing every Sunday at 9 pm.

However, this series marks the end of the road for at least one presenter.

Matt LeBlanc will bid goodbye to the show, which could spark serious changes to a format that is still yet to find its feet following four years without Jeremy Clarkson and co.

Here is everything we know about Top Gear with new presenters Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness.

Top Gear series 26 – ep 1
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The End of Top Gear with Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc will present all five episodes of Top Gear season 26 before walking away from the show on Sunday, March 17th.

The 51-year-old confirmed that he is leaving the show because he can’t commit to the level of work and travel.

Matt said:

The time commitment and extensive travel… it 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.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 19: Matt Le Blanc seen filming scenes for Top Gear at the BBCPortland Place on February 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)

As we move into season 27, Chris Harris will continue his role as the third presenter, working alongside Paddy and Freddie in the new series.

However, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz will step into less prominent roles while remaining “part of the Top Gear family”.

When Does Top Gear Start with Freddie Flintoff?

Former England international cricketer Freddie Flintoff and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness have been confirmed to take over the reins for Top Gear season 27.

According to The Sun, the duo have signed a two-year deal with the BBC, earning around £500,000 each.

Paddy told the BBC:

Getting the Top Gear gig is a real honour. To be hosting a show I’ve watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting. Top Gear fans worldwide are a passionate bunch and I consider myself one of them.

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Top Gear Season 27: Start Date

The promising news is that filming for Top Gear season 27 has already started.

This means that it is likely to air before the close of 2019.


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