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The shock announcement of Paddy McGuiness’ new Radio 2 Sunday morning slot has had some loyal listeners scratching their heads – however comes after the comic confirmed extraordinary loyalty to the BBC within the aftermath of Top Gear’s disastrous finish. 

The in style motoring present has not aired since 2022 following the horror crash involving former England star Freddie Flintoff on the check monitor at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

Whilst driving a three-wheeled Morgan Super 3 with out a helmet, Flintoff obtained ‘life-altering vital’ accidents that stored him out of labor main him to barter ‘a £9million settlement‘ with the BBC for 2 years’ lack of earnings. 

Last 12 months, the BBC introduced the present could be rested for the ‘foreseeable future’ and within the years following the crash, neither McGuiness or Flintoff’s fellow co-host Chris Harris have spoken to criticise security preparations on the present. 

Last week, it was reported that each McGuiness and Harris would reunite for a brand new motoring sequence that seems to be Top Gear with out Flintoff in all however title – one thing the BBC has denied.  

BBC radio 2 listeners reacted with fury on Tuesday after the BBC revealed Paddy McGuinness , 50, will host a new Sunday show between 11am and 1pm from June amid a major shake up at the station

BBC radio 2 listeners reacted with fury on Tuesday after the BBC revealed Paddy McGuinness , 50, will host a brand new Sunday present between 11am and 1pm from June amid a serious shake up on the station

Freddie Flintoff with Top Gear presenters Paddy McGuinness, left, and Chris Harris, right, in 2019 - three years before the crash

Freddie Flintoff with Top Gear presenters Paddy McGuinness, left, and Chris Harris, proper, in 2019 – three years earlier than the crash

Whilst driving a three-wheeled Morgan Super 3 without a helmet, Flintoff received 'life-altering significant' injuries (Pictured last year)

Whilst driving a three-wheeled Morgan Super 3 with out a helmet, Flintoff obtained ‘life-altering vital’ accidents (Pictured final 12 months)

According to the Sun, the touted ‘Chris & Paddy: Roadtrip’ sequence which can see the pair head out for a ‘turbo-charged journey round Europe’. 

He can also be lined as much as change Gregg Wallace on documentary sequence Inside the Factory. 

It’s a bumper 12 months for McGuinness who has plans to return to touring a stand-up present after a number of years off of the circuit as a result of the ‘cash has run out’. He additionally cut up from his spouse Christine in July 2022 after 11 years of marriage.

He instructed This Morning in December: ‘Erm, effectively the cash’s run out now so it took about eight years to spend all of it and I’m like, ‘I’ve obtained to construct it again up’.

‘So weirdly, writing a tour does take a number of your time. When we had the break from Top Gear, I’d been planning it for a very long time, I went, ‘There’s a window there’.’ 

Some BBC Radio 2 listeners reacted with fury on Tuesday after the BBC revealed Paddy, 50, will host a brand new Sunday present between 11am and 1pm from June amid a serious shake up on the station.

The Top Gear star first introduced on Radio 2 final 12 months when overlaying the pop quiz Ten To The Top whereas Vernon Kay was fundraising for Children In Need.

His appointment prompted an outcry, with listeners blasting him as ‘irritating’ and holding him chargeable for the downfall of Question of Sport after he took over Sue Barker because the present’s host in 2021.

In the years because the accident, McGuinness has remained steadfastly loyal to the BBC and his new appointment to BBC Radio 2 in addition to his new present with Harris ought to come as a optimistic following a tough 2023. 

Last 12 months, it was revealed that 4 of the star’s programmes, Catchpoint, I Can See Your Voice, A Question of Sport and Top Gear wouldn’t be returning to screens. 

At the time, a TV insider near Paddy instructed the Sun: This will come as an actual blow to Paddy, who’s made a agency dedication to the Beeb since he stop ITV 4 years in the past.

‘Both I Can See Your Voice and Catchpoint noticed him retain his place as a star of Saturday evening TV, one thing he solid fronting courting favorite Take Me Out on ITV.

‘But these axings imply that is successfully gone, so he is prone to be in search of new initiatives to fill the void.’

AXED: Paddy McGuinness was brought in to replace Sue Barker on a Question of Sport in 2021, and was joined by two new team captains Ugo Monye and San Quek

AXED: Paddy McGuinness was introduced in to interchange Sue Barker on a Question of Sport in 2021, and was joined by two new crew captains Ugo Monye and San Quek

AXED: Paddy's singing show I Can See Your Voice was cut by BBC bosses last year

AXED: Paddy’s singing present I Can See Your Voice was reduce by BBC bosses final 12 months

AXED: It was also the end of the road  for Paddy's Catchpoint quiz show

AXED: It was additionally the top of the highway  for Paddy’s Catchpoint quiz present 

McGuinness' new show with Harris will be the first time the pair have appeared on screens together since Top Gear

McGuinness’ new present with Harris would be the first time the pair have appeared on screens collectively since Top Gear

McGuinness’ new present with Harris would be the first time the pair have appeared on screens collectively since Top Gear. 

However regardless of their on-air banter, Harris had beforehand confessed the pair aren’t as shut as they seem. 

He instructed the Sun in 2022: ‘I depend Paddy and Freddie as mates however I do not need to go to their homes. If I’m driving up north, I do not assume I’ll pop in and see Paddy for a cup of tea. I’d somewhat kick a wall with my naked foot.’ 

Neither Harris nor McGuinness have ever publicly commented on the small print of the stunt that hospitalised Flintoff.

Previously, a supply near Flintoff alleged he had been apprehensive earlier than it was filmed. 

They claimed: ‘Freddie voiced his worries in regards to the security of the stunt on set on the day of the accident. He questioned whether or not or not it was OK, given the car and situations on the monitor.’ 

Paddy additionally instructed the Sun that he and Flintoff ‘weren’t professional drivers’ and that there ‘have been issues the place we’d be, “Oh hold on a minute, can we get a bit more training on this?” if we have been nervous.’

Some BBC Radio 2 listeners have vowed to cease listening to the station after Paddy was introduced because the host of a brand new prime Sunday morning present – amid issues that he’s a ‘kiss of dying’ for programmes on TV and radio.

He will take over Michael Ball’s plush 11am slot on Sundays from June with a brand new present with an as-yet-unspecified format – prompting an outcry from veteran Radio 2 listeners who discover him off-putting. 

Reacting to his appointment on social media, many customers questioned Paddy’s monitor document along with his BBC output, making reference to his failed revamp of a Question of Sport. 

Radio 2 bosses say Paddy made a ‘large impression’ with listeners sitting in for Rylan Clark on his Saturday present in latest weeks – however listeners to Britain’s hottest radio station worry his presence will additional ‘decimate’ its viewers.

Speaking to MailOnline, Jonathan Shalit OBE media professional and Chairman of InterTalent Rights dismissed any notion that the BBC could also be rearranging its deckchairs following Top Gear. 

He stated:  ‘The head of Radio 2 makes selections based mostly within the context of Radio 2, they don’t seem to be fascinated by BBC tv – they rent the broadcaster they assume is correct. 

‘He’s a prime BBC star completely, and a high quality star at that. 

‘They would not be hiring him until they knew there was a large viewers for him.’ 

Recent presenter shake-ups and fall-outs have seen Radio 2 drop virtually one million listeners within the final 12 months – most notably the departure of Ken Bruce, and the alternative of Steve Wright with Radio 1’s Scott Mills within the weekday afternoon slot.

In addition, quite a few exhibits Paddy has introduced have been canned or put in maintain together with the latest reboots of Top Gear and A Question of Sport and music problem I Can See Your Voice.

Some worry his new radio slot may meet the identical destiny, taking to social media to share their issues about his appointment.

One listener stated on X, previously Twitter: ‘Paddy McGuinness… critically?? That’s one other radio 2 programme I’ll be switching off.’

Some social media users questioned if McGuinness was the right person for a Question of Sport

Some social media customers questioned if McGuinness was the precise individual for a Question of Sport

Zoe Ball however shared a promotional BBC photo of Paddy which she captioned: 'Welcome. Bolton Massive'

Zoe Ball nevertheless shared a promotional BBC picture of Paddy which she captioned: ‘Welcome. Bolton Massive’

His appointment prompted an outcry, with listeners blasting him as 'irritating' and holding him responsible for the downfall of Question of Sport after he took over Sue Barker as the show's host in 2021

His appointment prompted an outcry, with listeners blasting him as ‘irritating’ and holding him chargeable for the downfall of Question of Sport after he took over Sue Barker because the present’s host in 2021 

Another added: ‘Paddy McGuinness was so dangerous overlaying for Sara Cox that I turned the radio off. Absolutely mad to present him his personal present.’

‘Paddy McGuinness will now decimate Radio 2,’ a 3rd fan warned. ‘Sunday was the one day I’ve continued to take heed to it.’

While a fourth listener, claiming they discovered McGuinness’ voice ‘self-gratifying’, instructed the BBC by way of X: ‘I can consider no purpose to take heed to Radio 2 anymore. I’m sick of paying to your ‘youthful listeners’ obsession.’

The BBC declined to remark additional when contacted by MailOnline.

Paddy himself stated of the information: ‘I’ve liked holding Rylan’s seat heat on Saturday afternoons and returning to the airwaves over Easter. To be given my very personal common present on the legendary Radio 2 is a dream come true.’

He additionally shared the information on Instagram. However, feedback on the publish – that are largely optimistic – have been restricted.

It just isn’t his first stint in radio: in addition to sitting in for different everlasting BBC presenters on vacation, he introduced a Saturday morning present on Bauer community radio stations throughout the north of England from 2014 till 2017.

Paddy’s everlasting appointment to a Radio 2 slot comes as a part of a wider station shake-up of programming following the premature dying of Steve Wright in February. His reason for dying has not been disclosed.

As a part of the shake-up, Michael Ball is shifting to the legendary 9am Sunday Love Songs present that had been piloted by Wright for nearly 30 years till his dying.

Ball stated he was ‘past excited and greater than just a little nervous’ to proceed Wright’s legacy with the heartwarming present, which options listeners’ weekly dedications and basic love songs. Nicki Chapman has been filling in since Wright’s dying.

Radio 2 boss Helen Thomas stated of the brand new appointments: ‘I’m wanting ahead to Michael’s new earlier present, the place he’ll entertain his ‘lovelies’ as he is at all times finished, and Paddy made an enormous impression on our listeners when he sat in for Rylan in addition to along with his Easter specials.

Other adjustments embrace comic Romesh Ranganathan launching a brand new present later this month to run on Saturdays from 10am till 1pm.

Reaction to the brand new line-up has been combined – however may spell bother for the BBC after a few of its different latest Radio 2 appointments led to a big drop in listeners, a few of whom have switched to industrial rivals. 

In latest years, veteran presenters such because the late Paul O’Grady, Wright, Simon Mayo and Vanessa Feltz stepped again or have been changed on the station with youthful expertise resembling Rylan Clark, Vernon Kay, comedian Rob Beckett and Radio 1’s Scott Mills.

Among probably the most high-profile departures was Ken Bruce, who stated he needed to ‘strive one thing else’. But after revealing he could be shifting to industrial rival Greatest Hits Radio, his exit from the BBC was expedited.

And since shifting to GHR – taking the Popmaster quiz format with him – his listener numbers have grown. Meanwhile Radio 2 has misplaced virtually one million followers following the departure or downgrading of its largest stars.

But a few of Radio 2’s secure have insisted that the station’s demise is being drastically exaggerated.

Cox stated final 12 months: ‘[In radio] individuals transfer on and get changed. When change occurs, it feels actually large within the second and inside days, you are like, ‘It’s tremendous. It’s nonetheless Radio 2′.’

The BBC’s content material boss, Charlotte Moore, has denied claims the station is intentionally forcing out older expertise with a view to woo youthful listeners – as a substitute insisting the station is making an attempt to maneuver with the instances.

She instructed the Broadcasting Press Guild final 12 months: ‘I assume it is pure evolution. It’s pure evolution of the station and of the BBC.

‘I do not assume we’re chasing younger. We are completely making an attempt to ensure it would not grow old and older and older and older, and I feel that is for the entire of the BBC, in fact, in any other case we simply will not exist, will we?’

But there are issues that Paddy McGuinness’ attachment to programmes is jinxing their prospects – regardless of the fanfare that surrounded his transfer to the BBC in 2018 after years of fronting ITV courting present Take Me Out.

Quite a lot of codecs fronted by the star – who made his title alongside Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere – have been consigned to the bin, together with Catchpoint and I Can See Your Voice.

A 2021 reboot of A Question of Sport – which noticed McGuinness taking over the unenviable process of changing Sue Barker – was additionally binned after viewing figures fell from a peak of 4 million to 800,000.

And the refreshed Top Gear, that includes the comic alongside motoring journalist Chris Harris and ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff, is on indefinite hiatus after Flintoff’s horrific automotive accident in a roofless sports activities automotive on the finish of 2022.

Flintoff is continuous to recuperate from the accident, which concerned a Morgan Three-Wheeler automotive – however will return to the BBC with a brand new sequence of his documentary Field of Dreams after its first run aired to rapturous critiques in 2022.

One social media consumer stated of McGuinness’ run of dangerous luck on the BBC: ‘Paddy McGuinness is the kiss of dying to any programme. I’m making an attempt to think about him sitting in the identical likability zone as Steve Wright and I simply cannot.’

Another added: ‘Why oh why Paddy McGuinness, that is one other turnoff. All exhibits he is in are cancelled.’

McGuinness additionally made an look on Question Time in February, with some accusing the BBC of ‘dumbing down’ the topical programme.

However, he’s removed from the primary superstar visitor to seem on the present, with disgraced comedian Russell Brand, Love Island star Amy Hart and Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel.

And McGuinness himself stated that, as a person from a working class neighborhood in Bolton, Lancashire, the chance to seem on the present was one he could not go up.

He instructed Good Morning Britain in February: ‘Being working class individuals take a look at you because the place you’re from, as you continue to communicate like them – if I hadn’t have finished it then you definitely’re not getting individuals’s voice throughout.’

Social media has been awash with tweets from Radio 2 listeners who feel he is a poor addition to the station's line-up

Social media has been awash with tweets from Radio 2 listeners who really feel he’s a poor addition to the station’s line-up

Paddy McGuinness fronting the reboot of Question of Sport (which dropped the 'A' from the title) in 2021 - it was canned in 2023 after millions switched off

Paddy McGuinness fronting the reboot of Question of Sport (which dropped the ‘A’ from the title) in 2021 – it was canned in 2023 after hundreds of thousands switched off

McGuinness alongside motoring journalist Chris Harris and ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff on Top Gear. The format has been suspended after Flintoff's accident at the end of 2022

McGuinness alongside motoring journalist Chris Harris and ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff on Top Gear. The format has been suspended after Flintoff’s accident on the finish of 2022

McGuinness announced the news on his Instagram (above). Comments have been restricted on the post

McGuinness introduced the information on his Instagram (above). Comments have been restricted on the publish

Michael Ball (pictured) will present a new Sunday Love Songs show on Radio 2, following the death of Steve Wright earlier this year

Michael Ball (pictured) will current a brand new Sunday Love Songs present on Radio 2, following the dying of Steve Wright earlier this 12 months

Radio 2 fans have previously accused the BBC of ageism as a string of older DJs step back, including Paul O'Grady, Steve Wright, Ken Bruce and Simon Mayo, replaced by ex-Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, RuPaul's Michelle Visage, Rylan and DJ Spoony

Radio 2 followers have beforehand accused the BBC of ageism as a string of older DJs step again, together with Paul O’Grady, Steve Wright, Ken Bruce and Simon Mayo, changed by ex-Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, RuPaul’s Michelle Visage, Rylan and DJ Spoony