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BBC cancels ‘High Gear’ season after Freddie Flintoff damage

The BBC canceled High of the road, a minimum of for now, as host Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff continues to recuperate from his crash in December. Flintoff, a former worldwide cricketer, was injured whereas filming at Dunsford Park Aerodrome, the Surrey check monitor used for the hit sequence. Flintoff joined the sequence in 2019 and hosted alongside Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness.

“Beneath these circumstances, we consider it will be inappropriate to renew manufacturing on Sequence 34,” the BBC stated in an announcement on Thursday. “We have now sincerely apologized to Freddie and can proceed to help him in his restoration. We perceive that this (stopping the present) might be disappointing for the followers, however it’s the proper factor to do, and we are going to go judgment on one of the simplest ways to proceed later this yr.” The broadcaster added that there might be a well being and security evaluation of the present.

Flintoff, 45, was injured Dec. 13. He was apparently not driving at excessive velocity and anticipated to make a full restoration. Nevertheless, he was rushed to hospital after the crash and suffered facial accidents. In January, sources stated The solar he deliberate to place his tv profession on hiatus whereas recovering, on the request of his household.

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“The extent of his accidents will shock many individuals, as the main points of what occurred have but to totally emerge,” an insider advised The Solar in January. “He is placing his profession on maintain till he is in a greater place mentally and bodily, and may’t say when he’ll be again doing TV reveals. As a loving husband and father, he understands the concern that his household feels about what occurred, figuring out he might have been killed.”

This wasn’t Flintoff’s first mishap whereas filming High Gear, both. In February 2019, he broke by a safety barrier whereas filming in Mansfield. In September 2019, he crashed whereas driving a three-wheeler that reached 124mph and miraculously survived. Flintoff is a former cricketer and retired from the game in 2010. He dabbled in boxing and performing earlier than embarking on a profitable profession in broadcasting.

The present iteration of High of the road has been streaming since 2002 and is a revival of the 1977 present of the identical title. It has change into the most effective BBC reveals all over the world within the years that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James Could hosted . After Clarkson was fired in 2015, the present struggled to search out an viewers for years as hosts got here and went. In 2019, the trio of Flintoff, McGuiness and Harris rekindled curiosity within the present and it returned to BBC One in 2020. Three of the more moderen seasons air on HBO Max within the US.

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