Top Gear: BBC responds to cancellation claims after Freddie Flintoff’s crash

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7 Oct 2023, 08:44

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The BBC have shared their response to reports that Top Gear will be ending after 46 years following host Freddie Flintoff’s terrifying accident last year. 

The cricketing legend was airlifted to hospital following a car crash while filming the popular show in December 2022. 

The incident took place on the Top Gear track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey. A spokesperson for the show said at the time: “Freddie was injured in an accident at the Top Gear test track this morning – with crew medics attending the scene immediately. He has been taken to hospital for further treatment and we will confirm more details in due course.”

In January, a spokesperson for the programme confirmed “filming had been paused” pending the investigation into the accident. 

The Sun reported on Friday (6th October) that the broadcaster had told members of the production team to “focus on other work”. 

A source told the publication: "Top Gear has been an institution on British telly but the feeling is there is no way it can continue after Freddie’s crash.

“It’s a tough decision but they know deep down it’s the right one as hardcore fans of the show won’t want to see a lightweight version.”

Now, the BBC have denied that Top Gear has been cancelled, telling PA News: “A decision on the timing of future Top Gear shows will be made in due course with BBC Content.”

Freddie has remained out of the spotlight since the incident, but the former A League Of Their Own host was recently spotted for the very first time since the accident in a social media clip posted to the England Cricket's X page. 

While giving words of encouragement to the team, he briefly touched on the incident, telling them: “They’ll [England Cricket team] share the good times with you, the successes. But as I found over the past few months, they’ll be there in the hardest times of your life, they will stand next to you.”

After retiring from professional cricket in 2009, Freddie moved into telly, and was a panellist on ALOTO for 12 years.  He has hosted Top Gear since 2019 alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

Top Gear initially began in 1977 with Angela Rippon and Tom Coyne hosted on BBC Midlands before the show moved to the national network. 

Jeremy Clarkson took over in 1988, hosting for 11 years before it relaunched in 2002 with Richard Hammond and Jason Dowe, who was later replaced with James May.