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Top Gear officially axed as BBC confirms news after Freddie Flintoff crash-Sabrina Barr-Entertainment – Metro

The series has come to an end.

Top Gear officially axed as BBC confirms news after Freddie Flintoff crash-Sabrina Barr-Entertainment – Metro

The series has come to an end (Picture: BBC Studios/Vincent Dolman)

Top Gear has officially been axed, it has been confirmed.

The BBC will ‘rest’ hit motoring show Top Gear ‘for the foreseeable future’, it was announced, following Freddie Flintoff’s horrific crash last year.

In a statement given to the PA news agency, the broadcaster said: ‘Given the exceptional circumstances, the BBC has decided to rest the UK show 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’re excited about new projects being developed with each of them.

‘We will have more to say in the near future on this. We know resting the show will be disappointing news for fans, but it is the right thing to do.

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

Top Gear filming was halted after Freddie’s accident (Picture: Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

The news comes almost a year after Flintoff’s devastating accident, which occurred at the programme’s test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey.

While Top Gear was previously hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, Freddie joined the cast in 2019 with presenters including Chris Harris.

After his crash in December 2022, the 45-year-old former cricketer was left with facial injuries and broken ribs after the crash, and was airlifted to hospital after reportedly having to wait 45 minutes for a helicopter.

A couple of months ago, he was pictured at his first public outing since the incident, supporting fellow cricket stars by watching England’s opening one-day international against New Zealand at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens.

Shortly afterwards, he spoke publicly for the first time, making a heartwarming speech while presenting cricketer Tom Hartley with his cap for the England cricket team.

Former Top Gear stars James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond pictured in 2011 before their departures from the show (Picture: Wayne Coetzee/Gallo Images Getty Images)

In his speech, he said: ‘Play with passion, play with pride, play with belief. And also part of a family of people. They’ll share the good times with you, share the successes.

‘But as I found over the past few months, they’ll be there for you in the hardest times of your life.’

It was recently claimed that Freddie agreed to a seven-figure sum in compensation from the BBC following his crash, receiving £9million in the settlement.

According to The Sun, he decided not to sue and turned down a bigger payout while making the deal with BBC Studios (BBCS), the makers of Top Gear.

As BBCS is the Line of Duty broadcaster’s commercial arm, the compensation would not be funded by taxpayer’s licence fees.

Freddie reportedly decided against suing the BBC after the crash (Picture: BBC/Lee Brimble)

A spokesperson from BBCS told ‘BBC Studios has reached an agreement with Freddie that we believe supports his continued rehabilitation, return to work and future plans.

‘We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery.’

On Thursday November 9, Top Gear’s Chris spoke publicly for the first time about Freddie’s accident since the crash occurred.

The TV personality said that he went into a ‘slighlty dark place’, while emphasising that he’s ‘over the moon that my friend Fred is still with us’.

Chris, 48, said on BBC Breakfast that Freddie was ‘healing’, stating: ‘It was a serious incident. I’m not going to say any more than that.

‘As I’ve said in the book and in the few interviews I’ve given, I’m so proud of the fact that team Top Gear kept everything quiet and we were dignified.’

He explained how Top Gear’s filming being paused meant that he ‘suddenly had nothing to do’, which had a big impact on his life.

‘I have got another business, which is an online car platform which is great. I do stuff there,’ he said.

‘But my day job went and you can imagine your muscle memory of working life is really important, you guys have your routines, if that suddenly stops and suddenly you don’t talk to those people, you don’t see those people, then you go into a slightly dark place. I think I really missed it.’

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