‘We’re going to get him in some Speedos and oil him up’: Top Gear’s Chris Harris admits Freddie Flintoff has pushed more women to watch the car-themed show
Top Gear welcomed Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris as a presenting trio in 2019.
And they’ve been a hit with the fans ever since – Chris recently revealed that they’ve brought an even larger female audience to the show.
The presenter attributes it to the appearance of former cricketer Freddie and admits he is good eye candy for the show.
New audience? Top Gear’s Chris Harris has admitted Freddie Flintoff has pushed more women to watch the car-themed show
Explain the gender distribution while chatting with The sunChris explained: “Dads love me and Paddy because he’s funny and I can ride a bit, and moms like Freddie because he’s the eye candy.
“For the next series, we’ll get him in some Speedos and put him in the oil,” he joked.
And Paddy thought the same, as he told the publication: “Freddie is the reason why more women than ever are watching Top Gear — it’s absolutely true.”
Eye-popping: ‘Mothers love Freddie because he is an eye candy,’ explains Chris
Journalist Chris initially joined the show in 2016, while Paddy and Freddie were added to the lineup in 2019 following the departures of Rory Reid, Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Jordan.
The group returns to the screens on Sunday for the brand new season of the show, across the pond to the Everglades for some motorsport-themed activities.
During the chat with The Sun, the presenters added that while they have a new female audience, they cannot please everyone.
Playing with their strengths: ‘For the next series we’re going to get him in some Speedos and put him in the oil,’ Chris joked
Presenting Team: Top Gear welcomed Freddie, Paddy and Chris as presenting trio in 2019
They noted that some fans still want to see Jeremy Clarkson’s return to the show, which hosted Top Gear from 2002 to 2015.
Chris explained, “We could make the best show in TV history and people would still say it was bullshit because Jeremy isn’t on it.”
Jeremy was kicked off the show in 2015 after an altercation with producer Oisin Tymon, according to the BBC.
Top Gear returns to BBC One on Sunday 5 June.
Back in the day: However, they noted that some fans still want to see Jeremy Clarkson (photo 2015) return to the show, which hosted Top Gear from 2002 to 2015