Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’s Top Gear co-host has praised the show’s team for keeping details of the cricket star’s Test track crash out of the public eye.
Chris Harris said further BBC Breakfast today with the former England cricket captain still recovering from his injuries but “on the mend”.
Flintoff45, was taken to hospital after he was injured while filming Top Gear on the test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome last December.
He had facial injuries when he appeared in public for the first time with the England cricket team in September, nine months after.
Harris, who joined Top Gear in 2016, said of his co-star: “I think he’s on the mend.
“It was a serious incident. I won’t say more than that.
“As I’ve said in the book and in the few interviews I’ve given, I’m so proud that the Top Gear team kept everything quiet and we were dignified.
“There’s nothing out there about what happened and there won’t be. There’s no mole in the organization. I’m really, really proud of that.
“As long as he’s on the mend, it’s great to see him out there and passionate about cricket.
“I’m sorry I’m not doing Top Gear with him at the moment but such is life.
“It’s the best thing for him right now.”
The shooting of the series was stopped after the incident.
Flintoff’s son, Corey, said at the time he was “lucky to be alive” and described it as a “pretty nasty crash”.
The BBC said so in October it had agreed to a financial settlement with the injured presenter after his crash – reported to be worth £9m.
Both Flintoff and the BBC were “happy” with the deal, according to The Sun, which also quoted a “show insider” as saying there was “no way [Top Gear] could continue”.
A BBC spokesman said so last month: “A decision on the timing of future Top Gear shows will be made in due course with BBC Content.”
‘I had nothing to do’ – Harris
Discussing the impact the crash had on his own life, Harris told the BBC: “I suddenly had nothing to do.
“I have another business which is an online car platform which is great. I do stuff there.
“But my day job went and you can imagine that your muscle memory from working life is really important – you have your routines – if suddenly it stops and suddenly you don’t talk to those people, you don’t see those people, so you go into a little bit of a dark place. I think I really missed it.”
He added: “It makes you reflect on the times when it might have gone wrong.
“And it made me think I’ve been given responsibility. I have children. Have I been reckless?
“The answer is I don’t think I have. But I had moments where I thought, ‘have I pushed this too far’?
“I’m also old and I don’t jump like I used to. When you’re 25, you jump nicely. Later you don’t jump so well. It’s all about jumping.”