For his part, fellow Lancashire "lad" Flintoff, who retired from cricket in 2013 because of a recurring knee injury, said he had always been passionate about cars.
While filming doesn't start 'til next year, the new trio have already been hanging out together while doing publicity for the show. Paddy's one-liners and Fred's sense of adventure should bring back the old days of Top Gear'.
McGuinness and Flintoff will join current presenter, Chris Harris, as the program's hosts in late 2019 (LeBlanc will host the 26th season of the show, which begins in early 2019). Since thinning down an all-new six-host lineup after just one series, the motoring programme enjoyed two series of relative stability with Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid.More news: Tanushree Dutta slaps a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Rakhi Sawant
"Getting the Top Gear gig is a real honour", McGuiness said.
Matt, who joined the BBC Two motoring programme in 2016, announced he was stepping down from the show in May, because of the demands of the role, and how much it keeps him away from his family and friends.
"To be hosting a show I've watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting", McGuinness said.More news: NFL Reporter Melissa Stark Hit In Head By Football, Makes Epic Comeback
McGuinness appears in the Keith And Paddy Picture Show on ITV Choice (DStv 123) and former cricket player Flintoff is the presenter of the game show Cannonball, also seen on ITV Choice. "Top Gear fans worldwide are a passionate bunch and I consider myself one of them", he added.
The American actor was a surprise addition to the Top Gear presenting line-up along with Chris Evans two years ago, following the departure of previous hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. "My dream job just got even better".
The 26 season of the show, which airs on BBC2 in the United Kingdom and BBC America in the USA, is set to start filming later this year and will run in early 2019, while the 27th season of the show, which will feature the new pair will film in early 2019 for a debut later in the year.More news: Elon Musk's First Highspeed Underground Test Tunnel Opens December 10