BBC makes financial settlement with Andrew Flintoff over Top Gear crash

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff was hurt while making Top Gear (Steve Parsons/PA)
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff was hurt while making Top Gear (Steve Parsons/PA)

The BBC has reached “an agreement” with Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff after he was involved in a crash while filming Top Gear, the corporation has said.

The former England cricket captain, 45, appeared with facial injuries in public for the first time in September, nine months after he was taken to hospital after he was hurt while filming the BBC motoring show at its test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome last December.

The Sun reported on Saturday that the settlement is worth £9 million and both Flintoff and the BBC are “satisfied” with the agreement.

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Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff appeared in public in September (Tim Goode/PA)

A BBC Studios spokesperson said: “BBC Studios has reached an agreement with Freddie that we believe supports his continued rehabilitation, return to work and future plans.

“We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery.”

The BBC said in March that it would be inappropriate to resume making the series at that time following an internal investigation into what happened.

It is understood that the decisions on future episodes of Top Gear will be made “in due course in conjunction with BBC Content”.