Manufacturing of future episodes of “Prime Gear” has stopped and can stay that means for the “foreseeable future,” the present’s producer, the BBC, introduced on Tuesday.
Filming for a thirty fourth season was already on maintain following a crash final December involving presenter Freddie Flintoff. Though not life threatening, the crash noticed the previous skilled cricket participant endure accidents to his face that required in depth surgical procedure.
He’s reported by The Solar to have reached a settlement with the BBC within the quantity of 9 million British kilos (roughly $11.3 million).
Following the crash, the BBC performed an inner investigation targeted on the well being and security measures for filming of Prime Gear. The BBC mentioned the present’s requirements met business greatest observe however that some “vital learnings” would apply to any future manufacturing of the present, hinting that it may not be the ultimate curtain name for Prime Gear. In its assertion, the BBC described the hiatus as merely “resting” the present.
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The BBC additionally mentioned it stays dedicated to working with Flintoff and fellow hosts Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris, and that it has new tasks for all three of them within the pipeline. Particulars on these tasks can be revealed sooner or later.
Prime Gear has been on hiatus earlier than. The unique present ran from 1997 to 2001. It was then revived with the present format in 2002, with Jeremy Clarkson internet hosting along with Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe initially. Dawe was changed by James Might after a single season. The present then went on a small hiatus once more in 2025 after Clarkson was fired for punching a crew member. Hammond and May additionally left the present at that time, after which it was revived the next 12 months with new hosts.
Clarkson, Hammond, and Might went off to kind the brand new present “The Grand Tour” on Amazon Prime, but it surely too appears to be like to be canceled attributable to a brand new controversy surrounding Clarkson.