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Top Gear officially axed

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 7 Oct 2023, 2:31PM
Top Gear hosts Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff. Photo / AP
Top Gear hosts Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff. Photo / AP

Top Gear officially axed

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 7 Oct 2023, 2:31PM

The BBC has reportedly cancelled Top Gear after 46 years as TV bosses admitted that there was no hope for the show to return to screens after Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’s horror accident. 

The former England cricket captain was “lucky to be alive” after his open-topped three-wheel 130mph Morgan Super 3 car crashed. The vehicle, which had no airbags, flipped on December 13, 2022, which left Flintoff with serious facial injuries and multiple broken ribs. 

Flintoff reportedly had to wait an “agonising” 45 minutes for an air ambulance to pick him up, which the BBC later apologised for, reports Daily Mail. 

BBC has faced huge backlash following the nightmare accident, especially when it was revealed that the dad-of-four had raised concerns regarding his safety with the Top Gear crew on the day of the crash. 

However, close sources revealed to The Sun that almost 10 months after the accident, production staff have been told to look elsewhere for jobs, hinting that the end of the much-adored TV show was coming to a close. 

After Top Gear was first cancelled in 2001, it was brought back a year later with Jeremy Clarkson at the helm, along with James May and Richard Hammond. However, the popular TV trio left the series in 2015 after Clarkson assaulted a BBC producer, which threw Top Gear into mass controversy. 

Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May hosted Top Gear for a decade. Hammond. Hammond was left in a coma after losing control of a jet-powered Vampire dragster at 288mph in 2006. Photo / Getty ImagesRichard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May hosted Top Gear for a decade. Hammond. Hammond was left in a coma after losing control of a jet-powered Vampire dragster at 288mph in 2006. Photo / Getty Images 

A show insider told The Sun: “Top Gear has been an institution on British telly but the feeling is there is no way it can continue after Freddie’s crash. 

“The BBC are aware they very nearly lost a presenter’s life while filming a segment, and there’s a feeling it would be in bad taste to continue making such dangerous material. 

“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.” 

A BBC spokesperson said: “A decision on the timing of future Top Gear shows will be made in due course with BBC Content.” 

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