Iconic British car program brought to a halt

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The British Motor Show, Top Gearwill be called to a halt after 46 years on the box.

This decision was taken after one of the program’s presenters, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, was involved in a serious accident last year while the program was being filmed.

“Given the extraordinary circumstances, the BBC has decided to stop the program for the foreseeable future,” the BBC said in a recent statement about the decision.

“The BBC remains committed to Freddie, Chris and Paddy who have been at the heart of the programme’s revival since 2019. We are excited about new projects being developed with each of them, something we will have more information about in the future.

“We know this news is disappointing for viewers, but it’s the right thing to do.”

The first episode of Top Gear was broadcast on BBC on 22 April 1977. It was hosted by Angela Rippon and Tom Coyne in those years, although no one expected that it would eventually become as popular a program as it has.

The program has changed its format numerous times over the years, with numerous presenters coming and going. These presenters include, among others, Noel Edmonds, Tiff Needell, William Woollard and Matt LeBlanc.

The most famous presenters of the program were the humorous trio, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. They got in the way in 2015 after an incident at a hotel where Jeremy punched a producer of the show, Oisin Tymon, in the face.

He was initially suspended, with his contract simply not renewed. His co-presenters left the program shortly after him in the same year.

Jeremy, Richard and James have been featured in various Amazon projects, together and individually, over the past eight years. These programs include, among others The Grand Tour, James May: Oh Cook, James May: Our Man in Japan, James May: Our Man in Italy, Clarkson’s Farm and Richard Hammond’s Big.