Top Gear producers fear for future of the show in wake of Andrew Flintoff’s horror crash amid claims only professionals could be allowed to take part in dangerous stunts
PR guru Mark Borkowski said Flintoff’s injuries were clearly worse than first thought and raised concerns over health and safety used by officials at Top Gear.
He told MailOnline this week: ‘Anyone sensible looking at this will see pictures of Freddie Flintoff looks a pale shadow of what he once looked like.
‘He must have been pretty badly injured if he was out of commission for nine months still sporting those scars. It suggests his injuries might have been more serious than we thought.
‘The question mark is can Top Gear come back from this? If they’ve managed the news cycle which they have over these injures, the question is Top Gear viable in the future?
‘Replacing people like Clarkson, Hammond and May proved to be very difficult and if Freddie Flintoff isn’t coming back to it then there will be a problem getting the chemistry right.
‘Then there’s the true extent of what happened will soon come out. Can the BBC keep risking their presenters like this? This is the second major accident that should never have happened.
‘It is going to be difficult to get presenters insured on that show. Two accidents have happened there.
‘No matter how safe you’re trying to be, you’re still trying to create exciting entertainment which Top Gear has been doing for years.’