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As Top Gear host Richard Hammond recovers from his 300-mph crash, the show's future remains in limbo. The crash occurred while filming a segment for the upcoming series, but with Hammond still in hospital with the full scope of his injuries still unknown, the new season is being postponed indefinitely.

That doesn't mean it's being cancelled. Not yet, at least. The BBC is simply putting it off until Richard's back to his usual smiling self and the team can together decide how to proceed. A strong indication came from co-host Jeremy Clarkson, who boldly declared, "Next week I intend to be down on the track driving faster than ever", and from the show's producer Andy Wilman, who said he'll quit if they have any restrictions placed on the show.

With simultaneous investigations underway by the police and highway safety departments, and a mounting campaign to take the show off the air (or at least curtail the extent of their high-speed shenanigans), the Top Gear team is fighting hard to keep the show, and keep its integrity.

Do you think Top Gear should continue its unrelenting quest for the best in automotive adventures, or have they gone one rev too far? Leave your opinion in our comments section.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      TopGear has been the best auto show I have ever watched. Nothing comes close. You really feel the enthusiasm and driving excitement they go through on the show. It's too bad that I think it will eventually be ruined by socialist people who think they know whats best for you. People, it is WE who decide not someone else. Let Hammond get well and let the show live on! oh and you socialist pigs, go drive your yugos and get out of our way!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wouldn't have a problem with the Top Gear crew doing a bit less of the stunts like a rocket car and stick more to real motoring. Of course stunts are cool, but perhaps better to keep them in the realms of non-lethal.
      I don't think it would take much to keep Health and Safety relatively at easy and still being able to make a great motoring show.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems like people are overreacting on this. Based on this clip from BBC news (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfBfDTaunIQ&eurl=), it looks like the BBC is only postponing the show until our beloved Hamster makes a full recovery and is able to appear on the studio segments of the show.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am agreeing with #6 here. This show a holy gift to all car nuts in the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      HAVE THEY GONE ONE REV TOO FAR? Thats why I watch the show!! And I think we can all agree. They have a perfect measure of insanity, great filmography, comedy, sophistication and professionalism that won them an Emmy. Accidents are bound to happen, especially in motosports. You can quit, or keep on revving, but trying to change what was already great and well prepared for will prove to be an unneccessary hinderance on the show.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They either keep the show exactly the same, or cancel. Don't water down what is arguably the best TV show about cars ever made, it wouldn't be the same.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cancel TopGear?!

      Then you might as well cancel all racing shows: F1, Champ, Indy, SCCA, Drag Racing, Motorcycle Racing, Rallye Racing...

      Like TopGear, we watch these for the thrill, but we don't drive like that in our own cars. It's called living vicariously!
      • 8 Years Ago
      the show must go on..

      and to richard. full throttle till you see god, then stop. In loving memeory of Paul Souder.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #21,

      The British pioneered a lot of advances:

      1st Jet Engine in a free country (Frank Whittle, Gloster E-28/39),

      1st Jet Airliner, (De Havilland Comet),

      Use of sleeve valves in Airplane engines, thin planform wing to reduce drag, Radar.

      The modern Britain has given away all of it's technological ability, and turned into the same sort of sissy socialist country as the rest of Europe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7... could you please clarify how the UK "pioneered" aviation? The Wright Brothers, and the Boeing Company come to mind as the pioneers of aviation. I'm not trying to put down England (I'm a British citizen/US resident), but the hyperbole is not helpful.

      I agree with #19.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They better keep this show alive, and in the UK. Screw FOX. Who knows, if they got ahold of it, the show might turn into threats about anthrax-laden wheels being shipped from the middle east...

      I need more brit-(dry)wit with my automotive shows.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Neutering this show would be an automotive sin of the worst kind. Bigger than letting 'The Fast and the Furious' leave the studio.
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