Matt LeBlanc ‘splits from Top Gear producer girlfriend’ amid struggles after BBC show exit

Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry speak to Ross Mathews in 2002

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Matt LeBlanc, 54, has reportedly split up with his girlfriend, Top Gear producer Aurora Mulligan, 36. The pair had been together for almost six years before they are said to have “struck a clean break, but it’s still very raw”.

The former couple had a significant age gap between them, but “were a really great match,” a source explained.

The insider told The Sun: “Matt and Aurora’s relationship has run its course. It’s all over.

“It’s a huge shame and Matt has taken the news particularly hard, as anyone would.

“He and Aurora fell for each other on Top Gear and although there was a pretty big age gap they were a really great match.

“But when he announced he was leaving Top Gear and took on other work, it was hard for them.

“He’s mainly based out of LA and was travelling a lot while Aurora was working in the UK.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Matt for comment.

Matt and Aurora first connected when Matt joined Top Gear as the BBC show’s first non-British host in 2016 after an overhaul in presenters.

He joined journalist Chris Harris and presenter Rory Reid in leading the programme for seasons 24 to 26.

However, the Joey Tribbiani actor announced his permanent exit from the show in 2019.

Matt cited a geographical issue as the reason behind his departure.

In a statement released at the time, Matt said: “The time commitment and extensive travel required to present Top Gear takes me away from my family and friends more than I’m comfortable with.

“It’s unfortunate, but for these reasons, I will not be continuing my involvement with the show.

However, the Joey Tribbiani actor announced his permanent exit from the show in 2019.

Matt cited a geographical issue as the reason behind his departure.

In a statement released at the time, Matt said: “The time commitment and extensive travel required to present Top Gear takes me away from my family and friends more than I’m comfortable with.

“It’s unfortunate, but for these reasons, I will not be continuing my involvement with the show.

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“I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success.

“Thanks for a great drive,” he concluded.

His former co-star Chris Harris told Digital Spy that Matt was “gutted” to have to leave the show.

He said: “It’s not because he didn’t want to do it – the geography of his life didn’t allow him to do it.

He said: “It’s not because he didn’t want to do it – the geography of his life didn’t allow him to do it.

“You could argue he put himself out there for too long to carry on doing it.

“The travel for him was extraordinary.”

The TV star added: “I know he wishes us all the best of luck. I loved working with him, he’s a top bloke.

“Matt will be a friend forever. He’s a good buddy and we’re in regular contact.”

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