BBC axes latest Top Gear series after Freddie Flintoff quits


The future of Top Gear was thrown into doubt on Friday following reports that presenter Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has left the popular BBC motoring show.

According to the BBC’s own News site, Flintoff has decided to leave his role as a presenter on the car show alongside fellow presenters Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

The BBC said it has now halted the latest series of show after Flintoff was hurt in an accident while filming.

One of a team of three presenters on the show, Flintoff was injured on 13 December at Top Gear’s test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey.

BBC News reported that the BBC said in a statement: “Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34.”

The broadcaster said a decision on how best to continue would be made later this year.

“We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery”, the BBC said in the statement.

“We understand this [halting the show] will be disappointing for fans, but it is the right thing to do, and we’ll make a judgement about how best to continue later this year.”

Top Gear is one of the BBC’s most popular shows and is watched around the world.

The show was created by the BBC and first aired on BBC Two back in 1977.

The programme focused on a range of motoring topics, the most common being car reviews, road safety and consumer advice.

It was originally presented by Angela Rippon and Tom Coyne,

The show’s global appeal was sealed by presenting trio Jermey Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, who left following an incident which saw Clarkson assault producer of the show on location.