Published: Tue, October 23, 2018

‘Top Gear’: Paddy McGuinness And Freddie Flintoff Announced As Matt LeBlanc’s Replacement

‘Top Gear’: Paddy McGuinness And Freddie Flintoff Announced As Matt LeBlanc’s Replacement

Andrew Flintoff has been handed arguably the most prestigious role of his post-cricket career, after being unveiled as one of the new hosts of the BBC's long-running auto show, Top Gear.

To replace these two, the network has named Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness as the newest hosts of the number one auto show in the world.

The cricket star and Take Me Out host will join motoring journalist and racing driver Chris Harris in the BBC Two show's main presenting line-up from next year.

"To be hosting a show I've watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting", McGuinness said.

'I will forever be a Top Gear fan and I wish the team continued success.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome your new Top Gear hosts: Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff!

Matt LeBlanc's announcement that he would be leaving "Top Gear" after last season immediately prompted the question, who's next?

Rory Reid, the show's previous co-presenter, will now host Top Gear's companion show, Extra Gear, along with Sabine Schmitz.

In a statement from BBC Studios, LeBlanc said his "experience on Top Gear has been great fun" and that he has "thoroughly enjoyed working with the whole team". "Chris Harris might have the greater auto skills, but when it comes to the infamous Top Gear challenges, he's going to have to bring his A-game to have the beating of these two".

Harris, who has been a lead host on Top Gear since 2017, said of his new co-stars: "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".

The new trio are scheduled to begin filming for the 27th series of the much-loved motoring show in early 2019.

The two new presenters both trace their heritage back to Lancaster, and it's likely that Yankee Top Gear fans may be unfamiliar with their names. Or is it a sign the Beeb just can't get the mix right since the original lads left?

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