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Paddy McGuinness And Andrew Flintoff Confirmed As New 'Top Gear' Hosts

Paddy McGuinness And Andrew Flintoff Confirmed As New 'Top Gear' Hosts

The pair have signed a two year deal with the BBC and will replace Matt LeBlanc after the next series

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

One's a former international cricketer and the other is a match-making comedian who wriggled his way out of a driving ban after pleading guilty to speeding last year.

So who better to join the BBC as the new hosts of Top Gear than Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness, eh?

Don't worry, Freddie, we haven't forgotten your driving ban dodge - or your multiple speeding convictions...


Moving swiftly on, a source close to the Beeb claimed: "Paddy and Freddie are real curveball signings which no one predicted and bosses are delighted with them.

"The BBC think having a British trio - two Lancashire lads and a car buff - is a good move. Paddy and Fred are car-mad too. Paddy's one-liners and Fred's sense of adventure should bring back the old days of Top Gear."

Yep, they've played an absolute blinder but they do know that they'll need to get 'Mr Loophole' on standby, right?


The Metro reported that 40-year-old Freddie and Paddy, 45, will replace Matt LeBlanc, 51, after his final season airs in early 2019.

They will be joined by Chris Harris, who is a current presenter on the show and Rory Reid is believed to be moving to host spin-off show, Extra Gear. They're going all X Factor on us here.

Speaking to The Sun, the source added that 'they are utterly infectious and will bring a new energy and competitive spirit to the show'.

And said: "This news will have car manufacturers and the BBC's insurance department on high alert.

"The BBC's top bosses and everyone else involved in the casting were bowled over by Paddy and Freddie."

According to The Sun, the pals have secured a two-year deal last week to host the show as of next year - earning each around £500,000 ($654,300).

Former Friends actor, Matt LeBlanc, confirmed he would be stepping down after the next series.

The BBC announced the news back in May with BBC Two controller Patrick Holland saying: "I want to thank the fabulous Matt LeBlanc for being a brilliant co-host on Top Gear.

"Matt has thrown himself into the show with real passion, revealing his extraordinary car knowledge and a willingness to get down and dirty.

"We were always going to be borrowing him from his day job as one of the top comic actors in Hollywood, so I wish him all the very best.

"The next series of Top Gear (Matt's last) promises to be something very special and we have great plans to welcome a new co-host to join the team for 2019 and beyond."

Onwards and upwards from here, fellas. Let's face it, Paddy and Freddie do sound like a good pairing. Is that because I'm Northern? Is it 'eck.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Paddy McGuinness, Top Gear