Matt LeBlanc has already guest-starred on the BBC America series twice

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated February 04, 2016 01:05 PM
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Top casting for Top Gear!

Matt LeBlanc is joining BBC’s long-running car series as one of the new presenters for the upcoming season.

The Friends star, 48, will be the show’s first non-British host in its 39-year history.

LeBlanc is no stranger to the gearhead favorite – he’s already guest-starred on the show twice and holds the record for fastest celebrity to race the Top Gear track in its reasonably priced car.

As for LeBlanc, who calls himself a “car nut” in a statement, he’s “honored and excited” to be a part of the show’s 23rd season.

And that’s the only exciting project LeBlanc’s attached to: The actor will participate NBC’s upcoming Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows, a two-hour special honoring legendary TV director James Burrows, which reunited the Friends cast (including a remote introduction from London by Matthew Perry).

The NBC special airs Feb. 21 on NBC, and Top Gear season 23 will premiere sometime in May on BBC America.