BBC blasted for pulling Top Gear off air after Freddie Flintoff’s accident – as the show’s original Stig wades into row | The Sun

THE Original Top Gear Stig has had his say on the show being pulled off air.

Perry McCarthy, who played the original Stig, says he has "no idea" why production has been halted due to Freddie Flintoff's accident.

It comes after Freddie, also known as Andrew, was injured in December, at the long-running car show's test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey.

Following an investigation into the incident, the BBC apologised to the presenter and said the present series of Top Gear would not continue.

The original Stig has now weighed in on the accident, stating to BBC Radio 4's World At One programme: "(The) thing in my mind is I've got no idea why they're now looking to cancel filming because they've had an accident.

"What they should be doing is actually learning from that and implementing some better safety procedures."

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He also stated: "So for me, personally, I always feel that there really should be a collar around what you're expecting from non-professional racing drivers, a TV presenter, you've got to protect them from themselves and you've also got to protect the show itself."

Since the incident, the former England cricketer has quit the show and production has been put on hold.

In wake of the accident, a spokesperson said: "Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34.

“We understand this will be disappointing for fans, but it is the right thing to do, and we’ll make a judgment about how best to continue later this year.

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“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.”

The star was airlifted to hospital when the vehicle he was in turned over and he suffered broken ribs and facial injuries.

In a statement, the BBC said: "We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery."

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