Top Gear new Trio!
Andrew Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness are named new presenters of BBC’s Top Gear. The two will take over the presenting duties from Matt LeBlanc after he steps down from his role at the end of the next series.
The former England cricket captain and the comedian will join former racing driver and existing presenter, Chris Harris. Rory Reid, who joined the show after the iconic trio, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond left, will not have a main presenting role. Rory will continue as the frontman of Top Gear spin-off, Extra Gear, which he started hosting in 2016, but will remain part of the Top Gear family.
McGuinness talked about getting a new role,
“Getting the Top Gear gig is a real honour and I'm thrilled the BBC have given me this opportunity. To be hosting a show I've watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting.” Likewise, former cricket captain commented,
“It's not often you have the chance to do both of your dream jobs, but I'm now lucky enough to say I will have. I've always been passionate about cars and I'm so excited to be joining the Top Gear team."
Chris Harris said of his new co-hosts,
“They’re both brilliant, natural entertainers – and their mischief mixed with the most exciting cars on the planet is sure to take the show to the next level. My dream job just got even better.”
Playing primarily for Lancashire, Flintoff was one of the sport’s leading all-rounders, serving as the middle order batsman, fast bowler and talented slip fielder. He was consistently rated by ICC as the top international all-rounders in both Test Cricket and ODI. But his career began to experience a downward spiral due to a recurring knee injury after the successful 2009 Ashes series and retired from cricket in 2013.
Currently, he is a co-presenter of the podcast, Flintoff, Savage & The Ping Pong Guy, on BBC Radio 5 Live, alongside Matthew Syed and Robbie Savage. McGuiness, the staple broadcaster of ITV and Channel 4, is best known for hosting game shows like Benchmark and Take Me Out. We hope that the two new hosts can continue to keep global audiences watching.
Top Gear: McGuinness and Flintoff announced as new hosts
Top Gear's new hosts named as Paddy McGuinness and Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff