Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff

Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff confirmed as new Top Gear hosts

It's all change on the BBC One motoring show

| Updated:

Paddy McGuinness will star alongside Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff as one of the new hosts of Top Gear.

The BBC has confirmed that the Take Me Out presenter and the former cricket star are set to replace Matt LeBlanc after the next series of the iconic car show.

Paddy McGuinness Arrives At BBC White City In London
Paddy called the show a “real honour” to work on (Credit: Zed Jameson / Flynet – SplashNews )

Paddy said: “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.”

Read more: Here’s who left Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend

Paddy’s fans were both thrilled and surprised by the announcement!

Meanwhile, Freddie, 40 – who has appeared on numerous programmes since his retirement from cricket – was similarly excited by the opportunity.

Freddie Flintoff, 'ITV Palooza!', Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
Freddie has said he’s excited about his new role (Credit: Elliot /

He shared: “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.”

After the news was announced, Paddy shared a selfie to Instagram showing him with the new Top Gear team.

View this post on Instagram

Morning! #topgear

A post shared by Paddy McGuinness (@mcguinness.paddy) on

Matt, 51, is set to quit the show after the next series, while Chris Harris will remain with the programme and Rory Reid will be moved to the spin-off show Extra Gear.

BBC bosses reportedly hope that by adding Paddy and Freddie to the presenting team, they’ll be able to “bring a new energy” to the show, which was previously hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Read more: Gemma Collins reveals she’s lost a dress size on Dancing On Ice

An insider told The Sun newspaper: “This news will have car manufacturers and the BBC’s insurance department on high alert.

Top Gear Presenter Matt LeBlanc promoting his new TV Series 'Top Gear' on BBC The One Show - London
Matt LeBlanc is leaving Top Gear (Credit:

“The BBC’s top bosses and everyone else involved in the casting were bowled over by Paddy and Freddie – they are utterly infectious and will bring a new energy and competitive spirit to the show.”

Matt – who is best-known for his starring role as Joey Tribbani in Friends – announced he was quitting Top Gear earlier this year, having joined the show in 2016.

Do you still watch Top Gear? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think!