Top Gear has canceled updates – BBC reveals the steps needed for the series to ever return after Freddie Flintoff’s crash

When Clarkson was axed

Jeremy Clarkson was the face of Top Gear for years but was dropped in 2015 for what the BBC called an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on producer Oisin Tymon.

Richard Hammond and James May soon followed suit, launching rival show The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video.

Not the first Top Gear crash

Freddie Flintoff’s horror crash wasn’t the first Top Gear presenter to suffer serious injuries during the show.

In 2006, Richard Hammond was filming for Top Gear when he crashed a jet-powered dragster called the Vampire at almost 320mph at the former RAF Elvington airbase, near York.

As a result, the presenter was in a coma for two weeks and suffered serious head injuries.

Hammond would continue to recover from his injuries.

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Production was paused after the horror crash

The BBC paused production of Top Gear after Freddie Flintoff suffered serious injuries in a horror accident last December.

The BBC confirmed at the time that a health and safety review would take place.

Flintoff hosted the show alongside Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness and automotive journalist Chris Harris.

What did the BBC say?

In a statement to the PA news agency, the BBC said: “Given the exceptional circumstances, the BBC has decided to pause UK programming 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 look forward to developing new projects with each of them.”

“We will have more to say about this in the near future. We know the show’s hiatus will be disappointing news for fans, but it is the right decision.”

“All of Top Gear’s other operations remain unaffected by this pause, including international formats, digital media, magazines and licensing.”

Top Gear AXED for the foreseeable future

Top Gear has been canceled for the “foreseeable future”, leaving fans around the world devastated.

This comes after Freddie Flintoff was seriously injured in a horrific 124mph accident last December.

In a statement to the PA news agency, the BBC said: “Given the exceptional circumstances, the BBC has decided to pause UK programming 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 look forward to developing new projects with each of them.”

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ollydawes@nytimas.com.

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