Paddy McGuinness admits Top Gear hosts ‘nearly died’ filming dangerous stunt


Paddy McGuinness revealed the Top Gear hosts “nearly died” while attempting the gravity-defying Wall of Death.

The former Take Me Out presenter hosts Top Gear alongside Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris.

And he opened up on filming the new series, admitting they had attempted the Wall of Death stunt, where people drive within a huge wooden sphere and defy gravity as they drive up the walls inside, narrowly missing each other.

Paddy, 47, told Metro: “I think this particular season, we all nearly died when we did the Wall of Death.

“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.

Paddy says he nearly died while filming a stunt

“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 gets injured.”

Former cricketer Freddie said the show “pushes the boundaries” and when he was first faced with the premise of the stunt, he could not even fathom how it worked.

He remarked: “We do some dangerous stuff but it’s collective. We all want each other to do well.”

He took on the Wall of Death

Paddy also suffered a huge crash in a £250,000 Lamborghini Diablo in the upcoming series.

He was uninjured but “shaken” after he misjudged a corner and sped off the road.

A new one-minute teaser sees a brief look at the accident, with Paddy heading off track before the screen cuts to black, before showing the car being carried away by a truck.

Thankfully he lived to tell the tale

The rest of the trailer sees the usual Top Gear chaos fans have come to expect and love, like the boys taking control of an all-terrain ice cream van.

Meanwhile, the show’s resident mystery stunt man, The Stig, gets behind the controls of a tank while Labyrinth’s Express Yourself plays as a backing track.

After his accident, a source told The Sun: “Paddy is fine but a bit shaken as anyone would be when having a scare at speed.

“It could have been a lot worse.

“There’s always paramedics and police on a Top Gear shoot so he was in good hands for a once over but he’s smiling as ever.”

* Top Gear returns Sunday 4th October at 8pm on BBC One.





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