Top Gear: McGuinness and Flintoff announced as new hosts

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Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff will host from 2019

Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff will be the new presenters of Top Gear, the BBC has confirmed.

The pair will take over from Matt LeBlanc, after he steps down from presenting duties at the end of the next series.

The comedian and former England cricket captain will join existing presenter and former racing driver Chris Harris to complete the new-look line-up.

Filming for the 27th series of the BBC Two show will begin in early 2019.

Rory Reid, who presented alongside LeBlanc and Harris on the most recent series, will no longer have a main presenting role.

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Rory Reid will continue to present Extra Gear

According to the BBC, he “will remain part of the Top Gear family”, along with Sabine Schmitz, and will continue to be the face of the programme’s companion show, Extra Gear.

Lancashire lads McGuinness and Flintoff – also known as Freddie Flintoff – were unveiled as the new faces of the motoring show on Monday morning.

McGuinness commented: “Getting the Top Gear gig is a real honour and I’m thrilled the BBC have given me this opportunity.

“To be hosting a show I’ve watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting.”

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Matt LeBlanc announced he was stepping down earlier this year

Ashes-winning former cricket captain Flintoff said: “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.

“I’ve always been passionate about cars and I’m so excited to be joining the Top Gear team.”

The next series of Top Gear, LeBlanc’s last as lead host, will begin early in 2019 on BBC Two, before Paddy, Freddie and Chris take over later in the year.

Freddie currently presents the podcast Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy for BBC Radio 5 Live, alongside Robbie Savage and Matthew Syed.

It is unclear whether he will continue to host the award-winning show, which has helped him cement his reputation as a presenter and broadcaster. He has also previously been a team captain on Sky’s A League of their Own.

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