Matt LeBlanc is about to host a Top Gear reboot in the UK, following the firing of previous longterm host Jeremy Clarkson for an alleged violent altercation with a staff member. It’s bizarre that Top Gear on BBC Two is going to get an American host, considering that there’s also an American version of Top Gear (which isn’t as good in my opinion). You would think they could find a British car enthusiast to host the show, not that it matters to me but I would assume some UK fans would have thoughts on that. The show has been on for 39 years and has always had a British host. LeBlanc has been a guest on the show, he’s a big car enthusiast, and he’s excited to host.
Anyway LeBlanc is promoting his upcoming gig on Top Gear, which premieres in May. The Mirror UK ran what looked like an exclusive interview with LeBlanc complete with new-sounding quotes about how he went though a dark time following the failure of his Friends spinoff, Joey. They admit that some of the quotes from LeBlanc are older, but the piece is misleading and presents other quotes like they’re new.
Matt, 48, says: “For years and years, I barely left the house. I was burnt out. I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere. I was in a position to do that. My agent was bummed. Most actors call their agents and say, ‘What’s going on?’. I’d call mine and say, ‘Please lose my number for a few years’. It was a very dark time. I almost had a nervous breakdown.”
He says: “[My daughter and I] make breakfast, go horseback riding, hiking, I really try to offset this computer age kid thing that’s going on now with as much time outside.
“Spending time with her is the best thing I’ve ever done. We have a great bond and it’s the best thing in my life.”
“I remember when my daughter, Marina, was born. The second I laid eyes on her, I was in love, and I had never felt that way before. I couldn’t believe it. I knew from that moment there was nothing that would ever stop me from loving her – even if she crashed my Ferrari.”
Many outlets are running the nervous breakdown quotes like they’re new, but LeBlanc tweeted that he did not have a nervous breakdown nor did he give an interview to the Mirror.
Hey,to clarify,I never had a nervous breakdown nor did I do an interview with the Mirror in the UK. So don't believe the hype. But thanks
— Matt LeBlanc (@Matt_LeBlanc) February 8, 2016
I think I found the original interviews with LeBlanc where some of these quotes came from. It looks like the Mirror took some things he’s said and embellished them heavily. Here are the original quotes he gave to Boston Common Magazine in 2014 and Redbook in 2012 you can compare them to the quoted text above.
LeBlanc withdrew to his 1,200-acre ranch near Santa Barbara, with dirt bikes, horses, and 130 head of cattle with big horns “like goalposts.” He didn’t act for five years. In fact, he barely left the house. “I wasn’t ready to go back to work. There were shows I said no to. I was just not wanting to be in the spotlight, and it was really good for me.” – From Boston Common
I remember when my daughter, Marina, was born. The second I laid eyes on her, I was in love, and I had never felt that way before. I couldn’t believe it. I knew from that moment there was nothing that would ever stop me from loving her–even if she crashed my Ferrari! – From Redbook
I hate when outlets do this. The Mirror should offer a retraction and apology at least because they not only rehashed old quotes they also added some new things that LeBlanc didn’t even say.
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