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Top Gear to “Rest” for the “Foreseeable Future” After Horror Crash

Top Gear UK looks to be coming to an end after presenter, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, suffered a horrific car crash....

Top Gear is something most car enthusiasts, hell, even most regular people, are familiar with. It’s one of the biggest shows of all time and it looks to be coming to an end after presenter, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, suffered a horrific car crash. The BBC has confirmed that the show has been put to rest for the time being.

The BBC’s statement read, “Given the exceptional circumstances, the BBC has decided to rest the UK show for the foreseeable future. The BBC remains committed to Freddie, Chris, and Paddy who have been at the heart of the show’s renaissance since 2019, and we’re excited about new projects being developed with each of them.

“We will have more to say in the near future on this. We know resting the show will be disappointing for fans, but it is the right thing to do.”

Reports have indicated that a stunt went wrong at the Top Gear track in which the open-topped three-wheel Morgan Super 3 flipped and skidded at high-speed. Flintoff narrowly avoided fatal injuries but suffered facial injuries and several broken ribs.

The Sun claimed that Flintoff was “apprehensive” about the stunt beforehand.

“Freddie voiced his worries about the safety of the stunt on set on the day of the accident,” a source told the outlet. “He questioned whether or not it was okay, given the vehicle and conditions on the track.

“He was apprehensive before he got behind the wheel and production staff at the track were aware of this. He was obviously used to taking part in these stunts during his time on the show, but alarm bells were ringing.”

Top Gear was first broadcast in 1977 and continued until 2001 before it was originally cancelled. It was then revived in 2002 by journalist Jeremy Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman which shortly became one of the world’s most watched TV shows.

That era of Top Gear ended in 2015 after the BBC didn’t renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract following his physical assault of a producer. The iconic trio went on to create The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime.

Flintoff began his tenure in 2019 alongside presenters Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness, which saw ratings improve for the show.

While the UK version of the show will not continue, the global editions of the show will not be affected.


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