Top Gear series axed following Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’s horror crash
The BBC have cancelled the latest series of ‘Top Gear’ following Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’s accident.
The network stopped production on the motoring show after the presenter was airlifted to hospital after being seriously injured in a car crash during filming at the programme’s test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey in December, and they have now announced it would be “inappropriate” to resume filming.
They said in a statement: “Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34.”
A decision on how best to continue will be made later this year and the BBC plan to carry out a health and safety review of the show.
The statement continued: “We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery.
“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.
“Finally there will be a health and safety review of the show, in line with our procedures.”
The statement came after sources claimed the 45-year-old former cricketer had decided to quit the show, which he has co-hosted since 2019 alongside Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness, because he has been left traumatised by the crash.
An insider told The Times newspaper: “Freddie has been seriously emotionally and physically affected by the crash.
“He is a daredevil, that’s what he does, and he doesn’t feel like he is able to continue to play that role on the show.”
In February 2019, Freddie crashed into a market stall in Mansfield during ‘Top Gear’ filming.
And in September of the same year, he also crashed during a drag race at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, but walked away unharmed.