The BBC has announced that Top Gear will not be returning to TV “for the foreseeable future” following presenter Freddie Flintoff being involved in a crash that led to production of the last series being halted.
The former England cricket captain turned broadcaster was taken to hospital by air ambulance last December due to a high-speed crash at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey, which has featured regularly in the BBC show since 2002. It was not his first accident, having previously lost control of a motorised trike at 124mph in a race against co-hosts Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness.
The decision to take the motoring show off screens came after an external BBC health and safety investigation which they will not publish. A separate health and safety report which looked at previous series of Top Gear found that “there were important learnings” for the way the programme was produced.
Following the accident, the BBC apologised to the presenter and reached a financial settlement with him that is reported to be worth £9m. He has been seen in public sporting facial injuries and his legal team recently told The Sun that he was still recovering from “life-altering injuries”.