Top Gear announces new presenting line-up

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Top Gear has a brand new presenting line-up after Friends star Matt LeBlanc quit the show.

Take Me Out's Paddy McGuinness and cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff will be joining motoring journalist and racing driver Chris Harris.

Speaking about his new role, Peter Kay's comedy partner Paddy said: "Getting the Top Gear gig is a real honour and I'm thrilled the BBC have given me this opportunity. To be hosting a show I've watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting.

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"Top Gear fans worldwide are a passionate bunch and I consider myself one of them. Now let's start up this Great British machine and see what it can do!"

Freddie added: "It's not often you have the chance to do both of your dream jobs, but I'm now lucky enough to say I will have. I've always been passionate about cars and I'm so excited to be joining the Top Gear team."

Chris, who also hosts the YouTube series Chris Harris on Cars, added: "I think you can tell just how much fun we're going to have making Top Gear with Paddy and Freddie.

"They're both brilliant, natural entertainers – and their mischief mixed with the most exciting cars on the planet is sure to take the show to the next level. My dream job just got even better."

Matt announced in May that he was leaving the show after the next series, as the workload meant he didn't have time to see his family.

The actor, who found fame as Joey Tribbiani on Friends, joined the line-up in 2016 after Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left the show.

His last series as host will premiere on BBC Two in early 2019.

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