The BBC has denied reports that its long-running motoring show Top Gear has been cancelled. The rumours began circulating after a report in The Sun claimed that production staff on the show had been told to look for other work following a serious accident involving presenter Andrew Flintoff in December 2022.
However, a BBC spokesperson has said that no decision has been made about the future of the show. “A decision on the timing of future Top Gear shows will be made in due course with BBC Content,” the spokesperson said.
The future of Top Gear has been in doubt since Flintoff’s accident, which left him with serious injuries. Filming on the show was halted following the accident, and it is unclear when it will resume.
Flintoff, who is a former England cricketer, was involved in a high-speed crash while filming a challenge for the show. He was airlifted to hospital and underwent surgery for a broken rib and collapsed lung. He has since made a good recovery, but it is unclear when he will be able to return to filming.
The BBC has said that it is committed to Top Gear and that it is working with the production team to find a way to safely resume filming. However, it is possible that the show will be delayed or even cancelled if Flintoff is unable to return.
Top Gear has been on the air since 1977 and is one of the BBC’s most popular shows. It is broadcast in over 200 countries and has an estimated audience of over 350 million viewers. The show is known for its high-octane car chases, celebrity guests, and humorous banter between the presenters.
The current presenters of Top Gear are Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness, and Andrew Flintoff. The show has previously been presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, who left the show in 2015.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Top Gear, but the BBC’s denial of cancellation rumors suggests that the show is still very much alive.