The BBC says it has halted production of the latest series of Top Gear after co-presenter Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff was injured in crash while filming.
The presenter was injured in December at Top Gear’s test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey.
The BBC said: “Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34.”
The broadcaster said a decision on how best to continue would be made later this year.
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Flintoff, who joined the show as a host in 2019, was taken to hospital on 13 December after his open-topped three-wheel Morgan Super 3 car flipped and slid along the track when he was driving at high speed. He and a crew member in the passenger seat were wearing helmets, but Flintoff suffered facial injuries and broken ribs.
In a statement, the BBC said: “We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery.
“We understand this [halting the show] will be disappointing for fans, but it is the right thing to do, and we’ll make a judgement about how best to continue later this year.”
The decision has also impacted the production team, said the BBC, adding that there would be a health and safety review of the show, undertaken by an independent third party.
BBC Studios, which produces the show, also conducted its own investigation of the accident.
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