Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness to Replace Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear

By Holly Brockwell on at

Joey Tribbiani leaves Top Gear after the next series, and the BBC has confirmed rumours that he'll be replaced by none other than 'Take Me Out' host Paddy McGuinness and cricket legend Freddie Flintoff.

The two new faces will round out the presenting trio with existing host Chris Harris. Rory Reid, a former tech journalist and thus close to our hearts, won't be a main presenter anymore but will still host Extra Gear. Sabine Schmitz will also still make appearances.

While filming doesn't start 'til next year, the new trio have already been hanging out together while doing publicity for the show.

Image: Instagram/Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness said of his new role:

"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."

Flintoff sounds similarly thrilled:

"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."

The lineup for the show has changed several times since the original trio – Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – departed for Amazon Prime's The Grand Tour.

Originally, it was Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc with smaller roles from Rory Reid, Eddie Jordan, Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz. Evans famously left after six episodes, with Reid and Harris filling his shoes until now.

What do you think of the new lineup? Is a new pair of household names just the turbo boost the show needed? Or is it a sign the Beeb just can't get the mix right since the original lads left? Let us know in the comments. [BBC]