Freddie Flintoff has called the BBC “disrespectful” for calling the children “underprivileged” on his new TV show.
The 44-year-old cricket legend hosts the new show Freddie’s Field of Dreams on the Beeb, in which he teaches working-class kids from his hometown of Preston how to play cricket, and he argues the game isn’t “just for posh people.” as he confronts her with a local private school.
After seeing the wording of the channel’s press release about the show, he told the Daily Star: “I thought it was disrespectful too. “Underprivileged” is like a catchphrase. It’s almost like clickbait.
“When the press release came out and the kids got upset about it, I couldn’t defend it.”
Since the uproar, the wording on all promotional material has been changed to “reluctantly”.
“Some of these guys just need a chance,” he added. “They need someone to support them.”
The Top Gear presenter – who has sons Corey, 16), Rocky, 14, Preston, 2, and daughter Holly, 17, with his wife Rachael Wools – also revealed that the youngsters are liking him for his exploits on the iconic BBC -Knew Autoshow better than breaking records on the court, but insisted it “didn’t annoy him.”
“It’s like Lenny Henry is known for the Premier Inn ads or Gary Lineker for his chips,” he said. “It doesn’t upset me because I never wanted to be famous.”
Last week, Freddie – who attended a state school himself – admitted that despite scholarship offers, “the best decision” was to stay at his local comprehensive school rather than attend a private school.
He explained, “I didn’t want to be that poor kid in a fancy school. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. It was such a good ground, I wouldn’t trade it.’
The former Lancashire cricket star also admitted winning “the lottery of life” with his family supporting his cricket dreams.
He said: “I won the lottery of life with my family. We didn’t have much, but we couldn’t have had more for love and support.
Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams begins Tuesday 5 July at 8pm on BBC One.
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