Paddy McGuinness addresses Top Gear’s BBC move after Jeremy Clarkson exit
13th March 2021

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In 2018, it was announced Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff would be joining Chris Harris to host Top Gear and last year the show moved from BBC Two to BBC One for the 29th series. Despite enjoying huge success with the show, original presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond never enjoyed this feat but Paddy confirmed there was no feeling of “one-upmanship” between the past and present hosts.

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, Paddy, Freddie and Chris were asked why they thought they’d been able to take the show over to BBC One. 

Paddy revealed: “I don’t think it’s a case of they didn’t do it we did, I think it’s just timing. 

“TV’s evolving all the time. They left [six] years ago, television changes, a lot happens in television.

“It just felt like a natural progression but it didn’t feel like there was one-upmanship or anything like that certainly not from us three anyway.”

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“We were just glad it was doing well that’s what we were concentrating on really,” he continued. 

“Everything else we will just leave up to other people to make their minds up about. It just felt like a natural thing to happen.”

While filming Top Gear last year, Paddy was involved in a car accident after losing control of a £250,000 Lamborghini.

Luckily, Paddy was relatively unscathed and Chris revealed his co-star wasn’t involved in any scrapes during the filming of the latest series. 

Discussing Paddy and Freddie’s driving, he said: “We have two reformed characters, it’s been joyous, there’s been very little bent metal, there’s been respect for the machinery. 

“This is the new Top Gear, and I’m sure having said that in the next series, someone will absolutely wreck a car.

“But for now it’s been lovely and the Lamborghini owners of the UK are just breathing a sigh of relief.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the three presenters discussed what it was like visiting parts of the UK rather than far-flung locations for Top Gear. 

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Paddy remarked: “I loved it, I really enjoyed it because you know you live here and you sort of take everything for granted.

“But when you get out and about like you’re seeing the lake districts and going off to Scotland.

“The UK is absolutely beautiful, even in the winter it’s beautiful so yeah it was a treat to see it especially in the Middle of this b****y pandemic.”

Freddie continued: “In Scotland with some of the weather we had, we got the snow you probably thought it was abroad. 

“You could have been in Canada or somewhere. It was unbelievable.”

Chris added: “I think lots of people that have travelled an awful lot over the last 10 years for their work now realise how much they genuinely hated a lot of it and how much they hated airports and maybe we won’t go back to doing the same thing.

“We want to travel, we need to, Top Gear needs to go and see parts of the world.”

Top Gear returns to BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.

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