Freddie Flintoff has been largely out of the public spotlight since he was involved in an accident while filming for the BBC series Top Gear last year.


Flintoff was taken to hospital in December 2022 after he was left with facial and rib injuries in a crash at the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

Following the crash, the BBC announced the motoring programme will not be returning "for the foreseeable future".

The cricketer-turned-presenter's facial injuries were seen for the first time in September 2023 at a one-day cricket international between England and New Zealand at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

And now fellow Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness has given an update on the presenter, telling ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday (26th February) that Flintoff is a "resilient character" who will be "right as rain".

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Speaking to hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley, he added: "He’s all right. I’ve not spoken to him for a while, but, you know, he is getting on with it."

Wondering what exactly happened to Flintoff while filming the BBC motoring show? Read on for everything you need to know.

What happened to Freddie Flintoff? Top Gear crash explained

Flintoff was involved in a crash at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, home of the Top Gear test track, on 13th December 2022.

While it was initially reported that he was travelling at a high speed, The Sun claimed last month that he was only doing 22mph when the accident occurred and there was no fault with the vehicle.

He was airlifted to hospital and his injuries were described at the time as being non-life threatening, but his son Corey told the Mail Online he was lucky to be alive.

"It was a pretty nasty crash," he said. "It is shocking. We are all shocked but just hope he’s going to be OK."

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Former England player Andrew Flintoff in his role as mentor to the England team before the second Metro Bank One Day International match between England and New Zealand at The Ageas Bowl on September 10, 2023 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andrew Flintoff
Freddie Flintoff. Visionhaus / Getty Images.

In a statement shared in April, the BBC said that "under the circumstances" it "would be inappropriate to resume making season 34" following an internal investigation into the incident.

In October, it was confirmed that Flintoff had reached a settlement with the BBC, which The Sun reported was worth £9m, based on the presenter losing out on two years of earnings.

"BBC Studios has reached an agreement with Freddie that we believe supports his continued rehabilitation, return to work and future plans," a spokesperson said.

"We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery."

The payout is not be funded by the TV licence fee, since BBC Studios is a commercial arm of the broadcaster.

Another update was provided in November 2023 when the BBC said it had decided to take Top Gear off air “for the foreseeable future”.

The BBC said in a statement: "[We] remain committed to Freddie, Chris and Paddy, who have been at the heart of the show's renaissance since 2019, and we're excited about new projects being developed with each of them. We will have more to say in the near future on this.

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"We know resting the show will be disappointing news for fans, but it is the right thing to do.

"All other Top Gear activity remains unaffected by this hiatus, including international formats, digital, magazines and licensing."

Previous seasons of Top Gear are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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