Flintoff and McGuiness Announced as New Top Gear Hosts

Their chemistry is ‘utterly infectious

"Both Paddy and Freddie love their cars but, more than that, they'll bring a new energy and competitive spirit to Top Gear".

The BBC confirmed reports on Sunday night that the pair will be the new faces of the auto show.

The BBC Good Morning Ulster presenter Declan Harvey has highlighted how the BBC's new line-up for the main Top Gear programme does not feature any women.

The show's broadcaster BBC said that Reid will continue to be part of the Top Gear family, alongside German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, and will continue hosting the behind-the-scenes show Extra Gear. Since thinning down an all-new six-host lineup after just one series, the motoring programme enjoyed two series of relative stability with Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid.

LeBlanc's departure from the show was announced in May, paving the way for yet another reboot of "Top Gear" amid tumbling ratings.

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In a statement from BBC Studios, LeBlanc said his "experience on Top Gear has been great fun" and that he has "thoroughly enjoyed working with the whole team".

"It's not often you have the chance to do both of your dream jobs, but I'm now lucky enough to say I will have", he said.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome your new Top Gear hosts: Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff! Top Gear fans worldwide are a passionate bunch and I consider myself one of them.

Matt announced he was leaving the show after two years back in May, but Chris Harris will remain, with producers reportedly hoping to emulate Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond's chemistry in the show's heyday with the new trio. Or is it a sign the Beeb just can't get the mix right since the original lads left? He then continued to host after Evans quit following their first series.

The 26 season of the show, which airs on BBC2 in the United Kingdom and BBC America in the US, is set to start filming later this year and will run in early 2019, while the 27th season of the show, which will feature the new pair will film in early 2019 for a debut later in the year.

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