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Top Gear hit with complaints over ‘offensive language and dangerous driving’

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The show is hosted by Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris (Picture: BBC Studios/Rex Shutterstock)

Top Gear has been hit with complaints over ‘offensive language and dangerous driving’.

The BBC has said that the programme, hosted by Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness, and Chris Harris, received a total of 119 complaints about the first episode of the series, citing: ‘Dangerous driving /offensive language or humour.’

A Top Gear spokesperson told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘The content is within audience expectations for Top Gear, whose style and tone is well-established – and the banter between the three presenters is clearly said in good humour.

‘Health and safety is paramount on the show and all driving is performed within legal limits whilst on public roads, or under controlled conditions at private locations.’

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Following the complaints, one recent episode of the show has seen Paddy losing control of a Lamborghini Diablo.

The presenter was driving the £250,000 car when he skidded on a ‘little bit of oil on a wet road’ and crashed while filming the BBC show in June.

Paddy’s accident took place as the hosts were challenged to drive three extraordinary supercars for a northern road trip, before putting them through their paces at an airfield.

However, the star crashed his car while en route, eventually turning up at the agreed location in a hire car with his vehicle on the back of a truck.

‘Oh my God,’ Chris said, as he saw Paddy’s Lambo in tatters. ‘You alright? Neck alright? Head alright?’

‘Gutted,’ responded Paddy, as he reassured fans he was fine in a video on Instagram.

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The trio have taken on death-defying stunts in the new series (Picture: BBC)

Elsewhere on the series, the trio have taken on the ‘Wall of Death’ stunt, with Paddy admitting the presenters ‘all nearly died’.

Reflecting on the terrifying challenge, Paddy recently told Metro.co.uk and other outlets: ‘There are always risks but there are a lot more rewards. We make it as safe as we possibly can and get on with it.

‘I think the nature, with the three of us, we are competitive but we also push each other in the right way. No one wants to see anyone get injured.’

Freddie chipped in: ‘They do push the boundaries and there are times, like the Wall Of Death, where you’re thinking how on earth do you get a car up there?’

He added: ‘We do some dangerous stuff but it’s collective. We all want each other to do well.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted the BBC for further comment.

Top Gear airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

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MORE: Terrifying moment Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness loses control of Lamborghini and crashes

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