Paddy McGuinness tackles Top Gear cancellation fears

Paddy McGuinness has addressed the uncertainty surrounding the future of BBC motoring show Top Gear after the long-running series went on indefinite hiatus.

The BBC decided to ‘rest’ the show indefinitely following presenter Freddie Flintoff’s car accident during production, prompting fan speculation that the show had been canceled for good.

Flintoff was airlifted to hospital in December 2022 while filming a review at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome, home of the show’s test track, after suffering significant facial injuries when the Morgan Super 3 car he was driving overturned.

He reached a £9million settlement with the BBC last year. The payout will not be funded by license fee payers as BBC Studios is a commercial arm of the broadcaster.

The show, previously hosted by fan favorites Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, was taken over in 2018 by McGuinness, former England cricketer Flintoff and Chris Harris.

But McGuinness insisted the show had not been cancelled.

“It’s (the break) what the BBC has put out,” he said Virgo Radio.Top gear has not been cancelled. It’s currently on hold while they get a few things in place.

Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff (right) and comedian Paddy McGuinness will be on the BBC show next year (FATHER)

‘This is not me as an MP, this is what we know. So let’s see what happens. We are all ready for it, but now the BBC feels it is right to do it again.”

Flintoff and Harris have also confirmed that they are open to returning to the show in the future.

Some viewers joked that McGuinness carries a “curse” on the shows he hosts as they are later cancelled.

This also includes the last series of the popular sports program A matter of sports, which ran for more than 50 years and was often labeled as the “longest running sports quiz in the world”.

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He also presented Catchpoint And I can see your voice which were canceled last year.

“Given the exceptional circumstances, the BBC has decided to postpone the UK show for the foreseeable future,” the BBC said in a statement. The independent.

“The BBC remains committed to Freddie, Chris and Paddy, who have been at the heart of the show’s renaissance since 2019.

“We are excited about the new projects being developed with each of them. We will have more to say about this in the near future. We know postponing the show will be disappointing news for fans, but it is the right thing to do.”