Matt LeBlanc will be one of the new 'Top Gear' presenters

The 'Friends' star is the first non-British host in the show's 39-year history.

If you've been following the new series of Top Gear, you'll probably know that the BBC has been hunting for on-screen partners for presenter Chris Evans. There's already been plenty of speculation over who will join him, but today the Beeb announced it's found its first co-host: Friends and Joey star Matt LeBlanc.

At first glance, it appears an unlikely appointment, but he's actually no stranger to the show: LeBlanc has raced the show's reasonably priced car around the Dunsfold Aerodrome test track twice already (setting a record in the process) and presented spin-off show Top Gear: The Races. He is also the show's first non-British host in its 39-year history.

The BBC says he'll join production and begin filming immediately, presumably alongside other new cast members that "will be confirmed shortly." It's then just a case of waiting until May, when the new series debuts on BBC2, or for Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond to announce when their Amazon-produced motoring show will hit Prime Video.