BBC cans flagship show Top Gear for ‘foreseeable future’

BBC cans flagship show Top Gear for ‘foreseeable future’

The BBC says it has “decided to rest” its popular motoring show Top Gear, following a crash in which presenter and former cricketer Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff was injured.

Top Gear would not be returning for the “for the foreseeable future”, the  BBC said in a statement.  

Flintoff suffered facial injuries and broken ribs in a crash on the show’s test track in December.

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“We know resting the show will be disappointing news for fans but it is the right thing to do,” the BBC statement said.

“All other Top Gear activity remains unaffected by this hiatus including international formats, digital, magazines and licensing.”

The BBC apologised to Flintoff in March and announced a safety review of the show.

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Flintoff struck a settlement deal with the BBC earlier this year, worth £9 million (A$17.2 million), The Sun newspaper reported.

Flintoff’s legal team told the newspaper last month that the former presenter had been left with “life-altering significant” injuries.

He joined Top Gear as a co-host in 2019, working with presenters Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. 

The motoring show regularly attracted audiences of around 4.5 million viewers.

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