Top Gear future uncertain as top boss quits just months after horror Flintoff crash
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Top Gear’s editorial director has announced she has quit, just months after host Freddie Flintoff left the show following a crash.
Clare Pizey worked on the show for seven years and became editorial director of Top Gear in March last year, having previously been co-executive producer.
In a post on Instagram, Pizey shared a slew of photos from her time on Top Gear and wrote: “So after many many years at the BBC, I have decided it’s time for a new chapter.
"Somehow, I have spent 7 years on Top Gear - how did that happen - and that was after Children in Need and Sport Relief to name but a few highlights.
"It has been extraordinary in every way and I am so grateful to the incredibly talented production teams and presenters I have worked with along the way. It has been a privilege.”
The post was flooded with well-wishes from famous faces, including Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness who wrote: “Who’s going to hold my hand on the plane!?!? Thank you for everything ma lady. Roll on the next adventure! xxx”
A BBC spokesperson said: “Top Gear's editorial director Clare Pizey is leaving BBC Studios after seven years.
“With co-executive producer Alex Renton, Clare reinvented and re-energised the motoring entertainment show with the introduction of Paddy, Freddie and Chris [Harris] – and she oversaw Top Gear's hugely successful move to BBC One in 2020.
“During her time at BBC Studios Clare also executive produced Children in Need, Sport Relief and Top Gear spin-off format The Getaway Car.
“We wish her the very best of luck with her next adventure.”
Her departure comes as doubt is cast over a return for the popular motoring show.
Filming of the series was halted back in December, after host Freddie Flintoff was involved in a crash.
In the wake of the horrific smash, the BBC suspended filming of the series and - as yet - has not shared if, or even when, it could return.
In a statement back in March, the BBC said that 'under the circumstances', it would be 'inappropriate to resume making series 34 of Top Gear at this time'.
No information has been provided about when the show might pick up again, with the BBC adding: “We understand this will be disappointing for fans, but it is the right thing to do, and we’ll make a judgement about how best to continue later this year. This has also impacted the production team, who we continue to support.
"Finally, there will be a health and safety review of the show, in line with our procedures."
According to the PA news agency, a decision on the timing of future Top Gear shows will be made together with BBC Content in due course.