Presenter reportedly quitting show with BBCS ordering health and safety review

BBC hit Top Gear will not continue filming until later this year amid reports that Freddie Flintoff has quit the show following a crash in December left him seriously injured.

The show’s producer BBC Studios has said it would be “inappropriate” to resume making series 34 at this time, following an investigation into the accident at a test track in Surrey.

“We understand this 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,” said a spokesman.

BBCS has “sincerely apologised” to the presenter and said it will continue to support his recovery, as well as the Top Gear production team.

In a statement it said: “BBC Studios has concluded its investigation into the accident at the Top Gear Test Track in Surrey last December, which regrettably injured presenter Freddie Flintoff.

“We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery. Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34 of Top Gear at this time.

“We understand this 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. 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.”

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Halting the primetime show, which has run for more than two decades, will be a serious blow for the BBC’s commercial arm as one of its most valuable and popular international brands which has sold in more than 200 countries.

Finding another presenter will also be a headache for the BBC if, as The Times has reported, Flintoff is leaving the show. 

Flintoff is renowend for his daredevil stunts and has previously been involved in two crashes while presenting the show, shortly after joining as a host alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris in 2019.

It is understood that the former cricketer suffered facial injuries and broken ribs in December’s crash and has been left “traumatised” by the incident.

Work has also been suspended on the second series of the Bafta-nominated Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams (591 Productions and South Shore) for BBC2 but Broadcast understands it is expected to continue in the future.