Top Gear Is Officially Off The Air- For Now

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BBC’s Top Gear was removed from the air today, according to a statement issued by the media group. "Given the exceptional circumstances, the BBC has decided to rest the UK show for the foreseeable future,” read the BBC’s statement.

Last year, presenter Freddie Flintoff was involved in a serious accident. Details on the incident are still hazy, but we know that the presenter was driving on track at Top Gear’s Dunsfold Park Aerodrome when the crash occurred, and was airlifted to a hospital for treatment. While Flintoff’s injuries were claimed to be non-life-threatening, Top Gear filming was halted in December.

While the crash is most certainly the reason for the show’s “rest,” the BBC’s statement makes it clear that the Top Gear name won’t be left on the shelf: "All other Top Gear activity remains unaffected by this hiatus including international formats, digital, magazines, and licensing." The BBC also says it is “excited about new projects” with hosts Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness, and Flintoff, and that more details will come in the near future.

Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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  • Dana Dana on Nov 21, 2023

    It wasn’t the same after Jeremy Clarkson was canned.

  • George Dray George Dray on Nov 22, 2023

    No big loss. A boring try at replacing the original. Can the guy who canned Clarkson!