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Top Gear's £1million Wall Of Death scrapped after being used for just 16 minutes

TOP Gear’s £1million Wall Of Death has been scrapped after being used for just 16 minutes.

It means the BBC shelled out £62,500 per minute of airtime — or £1,041 a second.

Presenters Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris all drove around the near-vertical track at 50mph, defying gravity and held in place by friction.

Paddy, 47, recalled: “We all nearly died.”

Dozens of workers erected the wall at North London’s Alexandra Palace — partly paid for by the taxpayer — for the second episode of the current series

But an insider said: “The Wall Of Death was scrapped. Now people know where their TV licence money is going.”

A source close to the show said the steel used to make the wall and the labour cost the BBC £1m.

They said: “It was actually quite heartbreaking to tear it all down.”

A BBC spokesman said the wall had been “responsibly recycled”.

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