Top Gear bosses halt filming after Freddie Flintoff crash

Jason Manford discusses Freddie Flintoff after Top Gear accident

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BBC Studios has apologised to Top Gear presenter Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff following its investigation into his filming accident in Surrey and said it will not resume production on the latest series of the show. In a statement, show producers said they will “continue to support” Freddie with his recovery following series delays.

“Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34 of Top Gear at this time,” a spokesperson said.

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

“This has also impacted the production team, who we continue to support.

“Finally there will be a health and safety review of the show, in line with our procedures.”

It has not been confirmed when filming will resume for the motor series or if Freddie will make a comeback.

In December, the 45-year-old was taken to hospital after being involved in an accident while filming.

The former professional cricket player was shooting the series with his co-stars, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey when the incident unfolded.

It is the second time that the father-of-four has suffered a serious accident while filming Top Gear.

In 2019, he had a narrow escape after a 129mph crash.

Fams have been left gutted by the decision, and many have taken to social media to share their thoughts.

Twitter user @domthered remarked: “#TopGear should have ended after Clarkson and co went just never the same since it’s beyond its shelf life now.”

@AgentDowling penned: “If BBC axes Top Gear after Freddie Flintoff’s prang then I think BBC Four should show old episodes of Top Gear like they do with Top of the Pops but starting right at the beginning when the popular Car Show felt like a proper Car Show.#TopGear.”

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@LilToot62 asked: “I mean, how many times was Hampster seriously injured and the show carried on? #TheEnd | #TopGear.”

@GWaites82 added: “Time the called it a day. Fair play, Paddy Freddie and Chris initially made it enjoyable again, but the last series was meh #TopGear.”

@scottygb stated: “Top Gear not resuming filming of its next series, one of its flagship shows. What a difficult few weeks for the BBC.”

“Top Gear and Soccer Am in one day! It’s almost as if TV producers have suddenly realised carrying on previously good shows for many years after they were entertaining isn’t worth it. Next on the list: Mrs Browns Boys and anything involving Stephen Mulhern,” @JediAvenger10 fumed.

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