One of the world’s most famous television shows, Top Gear, has been canceled. In its statement, the BBC reported that after last year’s accident of one of the presenters, it was decided to stop production of the program.
This was reported by The Guardian.
“The BBC added it “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,” BBC said in a statement.
At the end of 2023, while filming the next episode of the 34th season of Top Gear at Dunsfold Park airfield, presenter Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff had an accident and was taken to the hospital by medical helicopter. Since then, no new episodes of the program have been released.
In October, BBC Studios and Mr. Flintoff reached an agreement to pay the presenter £9 million for his injuries. However, he will still not return to the show.
Now the BBC has announced the program’s closure and it is not yet known whether Top Gear will return to the air in the future.
As a reminder, Top Gear has had its share of problems. The show’s relaunch in 2002 with hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May was the most successful period of the classic program, which had been broadcasting since 1977. Due to a conflict between Jeremy Clarkson and the show’s producer, as well as previous incidents, the presenter was fired from the BBC, after which Mr. Hammond and Mr. May also left the program. This happened in 2015.
Since then, the program has changed hosts and some formats, but has not been able to replicate its past successes. The last hosts of the show were Andrew Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness.
However, the BBC statement also includes a separate sentence that says that “all other Top Gear activities will not be affected by this break, including international formats, digital, magazines and licensing.”