Top Gear host Freddie Flintoff’s family has stated that his life is “more important” than being on television, according to presenter Angela Rippon.
The 45-year-old former cricketer was taken to the hospital in December after being involved in an accident while filming for the hit motoring show at the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.
He was filming for the show with former host Angela, 78, who has since revealed details about Freddie’s family’s reaction to the disaster.
She said that after the accident, she texted him, saying, “Next time you want to go around the course a bit slower, just give me a call.”
Angela hosted the debut episode of the show in 1977 and held the position for two years.
“I was just so sorry because they [Freddie and his co-presenters] are not professional drivers and are asked to do things that even professional drivers find difficult very often,” she continued.
She told The Sun, “I think Freddie and his family decided this was an ask and a task too far, and his life is more important than a television programme.”
It was reported last month that he was taking each day as it came after the vehicle accident.
He was in excruciating pain for nearly 45 minutes after suffering jaw injuries in the tragic occurrence.
The BBC has been accused of “failing to properly look after” Freddie.
It is stated that Freddie was hurt while delivering his thoughts on an automobile he was driving for a review section.
The BBC has been accused of failing to protect Freddie following a study of the show’s health and safety, the results of which will apparently not be disclosed.
“The BBC has been keen to keep a lid on the extent of Freddie’s injuries for obvious reasons,” a source told The Sun. The accident was far worse than anyone realizes — it’s difficult to put into words; what he went through is simply unthinkable.
“However, the car flipped over at high speed, and Freddie — who also broke some ribs — is understandably traumatized by the whole thing.” He’s been really brave and stoic, and he’s getting stronger all the time. He’s just taking things one week at a time.”
The BBC declined to comment on the charges, instead referring to a previous statement.
“In March, we concluded our investigation into the accident at the Top Gear Test Track in Surrey, which regrettably injured presenter Freddie Flintoff,” the prior statement stated.
“We sincerely apologized to Freddie and will continue to assist him in his recovery.” The show is undergoing a health and safety evaluation in accordance with our protocols.”
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