Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff join Top Gear as new hosts
Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff will join Chris Harris to host series 27 of Top Gear, the third big change in presenting line-up in three seasons
Top Gear has been a staple of the BBC long before the Clarkson, Hammond, and May formula, but that’s when it reached its undeniable peak. Since their departure there has been a quick turnover for Top Gear presenters with the lineup again being new for 2019. Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff have been named as the new Top Gear hosts and will join Chris Harris for series 27.
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McGuinness and Flintoff will join Chris Harris for the next series of Top Gear, after current host Matt LeBlanc announced that he would be departing to spend more time with his family. The new-look trio of lead presenters also means that Rory Reid’s contribution to the show has been reduced to a supporting role, as well as presenting online spin-off Extra Gear.
Paddy McGuinness entered the spotlight as a presenter and comedic performer hosting shows such as Take Me Out and starring in Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere. Andrew Flintoff is an ex-England cricketer who has transitioned into presenting roles. Chris Harris remains as the only professional motoring journalist of this new trio, previously writing for titles such as Evo and Autocar.
“To be hosting a show I've watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting,” said comedian McGuinness of his appointment to Top Gear.
“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,” added Flintoff.
The BBC also reports that the pair don’t have the cleanest of driving records, with Paddy McGuinness escaping a driving ban by using a lawyer known as “Mr Loophole” who saved his client via a technicality. Flintoff also avoided a driving ban in 2014 when he pleaded that a ban would impact on his charity work.
One of the world’s most watched TV shows, Top Gear's audience numbers have been quite the achievement for a motoring-based program. However, after Jeremy Clarkson assaulted a member of the support crew, the trio departed to launch The Grand Tour, with the BBC deciding to relaunch Top Gear with Chris Evans and Friends actor Matt LeBlanc at the helm, the former of whom lasted only a single season.
It’s an interesting move from the BBC to drastically change the presenter lineup once again, but we’ll reserve judgment for when series 27 airs in 2019. We hope for more classic features such as the recent feature on a road-legal Porsche 962 and the show's iconic yet comical cheap car challenges.
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