#TopGear set to move to BBC One in huge shake-up after Jeremy Clarkson refused ...

Just weeks after Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuiness reunited for their second series together hosting Top Gear, it’s been reported the show will be moving to a primetime slot on BBC One for the first time in its 18 year history.

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Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond first presented the show when it began in 2002 until they left for their Amazon Primes series The Grand Tour in 2015.

Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc took over hosting duties before stepping down and being replaced by Freddie, Chris and Paddy.

Now, Deadline has reported the popular series will be switching channels after BBC director of content Charlotte Moore was impressed with its performance amongst younger viewers.

Freddie, Chris and Paddy attracted an average of 3.8 million viewers with their first season.

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Top Gear Jeremy ClarksonTop Gear set to move to BBC One in huge shake-up after Jeremy Clarkson refused to swap (Image: BBC • GETTY)

Freddie FlintoffTop Gear host Freddie recently plunged from a bungee jump in a car for a segment (Image: BBC)

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This was 1.5 million more on average than Matt’s final series the year before.

Top Gear returned last month with 4.2 million viewers which is a promising start for the motoring series.

BBC is yet to confirm the move but it is expected the next season will broadcast later this year on BBC One.

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

The shake-up comes after former executive producer Andy Wilman revealed he and Jeremy decided against moving the series to BBC One in the past.

Top Gear hostsTop Gear pulled in 4.2 million viewers with the first episode of the new series (Image: BBC)

Paddy McGuinnessTop Gear's reference to Richard Hammond didn't impress

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