Freddie Flintoff addresses move on Top Gear as he admits ‘I don’t tell the wife’

Freddie Flintoff addresses move on Top Gear as he admits ‘I don’t tell the wife’

October 16, 2020

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Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, 42, has insisted he’s not a “daredevil” in spite of his hair-raising antics on Top Gear. Fans of the BBC show have seen the former England cricketer take on a terrifying bungee jump stunt in an attempt to get a car to go from 0-60mph in two seconds.

Unfortunately for Freddie, he has found that producers “keep upping the ante” since he proved his bravery in the bungee-car challenge.

When quizzed on the risky move during an appearance on this week’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, the star divulged: “Everyone thinks I am a daredevil, but that is not the case.

“After bungee jumping in a car, they keep upping the ante.”

However, Freddie admitted he tends to keep the show’s frightening stunts a secret from his wife Rachael Flintoff, so he doesn’t cause her any worry.

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He cheekily added: “I just don’t tell the wife what I am doing!”

During the bungee-car stunt, Freddie was dropped from 500-foot in a red Rover Metro.

Viewers watched with bated breath as Freddie and the vehicle bungee jumped off the side of a dam.

Before taking on the challenge, the sportsman quipped: “I’d like to see Jeremy Clarkson do this.”


Luckily for Freddie, the stunt went well and he enjoyed a thrilling experience.

The presenter’s co-host Chris Harris branded him “fearless” after he took on the task.

He told Radio Times: “It started out me just taking the mickey, all jovial, and actually as it dawned on me that it was potentially life-threatening, I became a bit more concerned for him.

“He is fearless… his DNA is not like normal people. 

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“He’s not a normal human being, let’s face it.”

Elsewhere, Freddie recalled his “ridiculous” stand-out moment from Top Gear’s new series.

He revealed he’d always wanted to drive a Jaguar XJ220, ever since they first came out when he was about 12-years-old.

“It was a stand-out moment for me for a few reasons,” he said.

“I might never have scored a double hundred as a batsman, but I got to do 200 miles per hour in a Jaguar XJ220 at Elvington airfield in Yorkshire.”

“I remember when that car came out when I was about 12 and I’d never seen anything that looked like that and cost that much money — now here I was driving it!”

Freddie continued to tell Radio Times: “I’ve done 180, 190 miles per hour in new cars and it feels so fast — but in that thing it felt ridiculous.

“It’s rattling away, and you feel every bump. I loved it!” regardless of the car sounding like it was going to fall apart.

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