Top Gear presenter Sabine Schmitz died last week and last night’s episode paid tribute to her.
The German racing driver died at the age of 51 after battling cancer.
Unfortunately, BBC One viewers struggled with the tribute on Sunday night (March 21), calling it “pathetic”, but the show confirmed that an appropriate tribute is in the pipeline.
Top Gear pays tribute to presenter Sabine Schmitz
The latest episode of the program was dedicated to Sabine.
Presenters Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris were back for the second episode of the new series.
At the end a picture of the deceased TV star appeared on the screen, together with the message: “In memory of Sabine Schmitz, 1969-2021.”
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On Twitter, some viewers had problems nodding to Sabine.
What did BBC viewers say?
One said sarcastically: “Look at #topgear for the advertised Sabine tribute, a photo at the end… Well done, must have thought a lot, a warm greeting to a great driver. Compassionate. “
Another wrote: “I thought they would dedicate more to Sabine tonight #TopGear.”
Is that the best thing you can do tonight in honor of Sabine Schmitz?
A third said, “I expected more from #TopGear, a video homage and a monologue? Only suitable for former moderators! RIP #SabineSchmitz. ”
A fourth put with angry emojis: “I’m sorry @BBC_TopGear is the best thing you can do tonight as a tribute to #SabineSchmitz? Who we tragically lost last week, five seconds before #TopGear started! You could have taken a tribute, you had time! Please correct this @BBCOne. ”
Someone else said, “Disappointed that you haven’t shown previous footage to celebrate your life and working with the show over the years.”
However, one viewer said to others: “Some misunderstandings about the size of the homage to Sabine to #Topgear tonight. The show is not live and was made before the sad news of this week. A carefree tribute to this beloved and respected presenter is on the way. #RIP #SabineShmitz. ”
Watch out #topgear for the advertised Sabine tribute a photo at the end …………. Well done, has to be thought about a lot, a real heart felt like a greeting to a great driver. Compassionate.
– JohnGP (@johngpuk) March 21, 2021
yes but expected more!
– ieJamie ♿ 🦻🇮🇪 ⚕🎗 (@Abilty_PTR) March 21, 2021
Disappointed that you haven’t shown any previous footage to celebrate their life and working with the show over the years 😔
– Brian Lindley (@lindley_brian) March 21, 2021
Some misunderstandings about the size of the homage to Sabine #Topgear This evening. The show is not live and was made before the sad news of this week. A carefully filled tribute to this beloved and respected presenter is on the way. #REST IN PEACE #SabineShmitz
– Luke Price (@lukeprice) March 21, 2021
Real Sabine Schmitz tribute in progress
In fact, Top Gear’s Twitter account revealed at the beginning of the program that while the episode was for Sabine, an appropriate tribute was in the works.
The program said to the users of social media: “We are dedicating this episode to our colleague Sabine Schmitz, who unfortunately passed away during the week after this episode was recorded. Production of an upcoming tribute to Sabine has already begun – with more information on when and how to see her – #TopGear. “
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Similarly, presenter Chris tweeted: “For those who ask about a Sabine film, production has already started with an upcoming homage to her. And we’ll post more information about when and how fans can watch them later in this current series. “
A BBC spokesperson reiterated this, telling ED: “We dedicated last night’s episode to Sabine, but there was no tribute in the actual episode as the films and studio sections were recorded a few weeks ago – before Sabine died.
“The Top Gear Team [is] We’re doing a decent homage to Sabine right now and will be releasing more information on when and how fans can see this later in the current run. “
For those asking about a Sabine movie – production has already started with an upcoming tribute to her – and we’ll be releasing more information about when and how fans can watch it later in this current series.
– Chris Harris (@ Harrismonkey) March 22, 2021
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