Sue Perkins bullied off Twitter over Top Gear threats: 'Someone just suggested they'd like to see me burn to death'

The comedian, who presents The Great British Bake Off, was among several household names being touted to replace Jeremy Clarkson

Jenn Selby
Tuesday 14 April 2015 16:28
Comments
TV presenter Sue Perkins will host Thronecast on Sky Atlantic
TV presenter Sue Perkins will host Thronecast on Sky Atlantic

Sue Perkins found herself at the receiving end of online abuse following bookies odds she was in poll position to replace Jeremy Clarkson as the new presenter of Top Gear.

The comedian, who presents The Great British Bake Off, was among several household names being touted for the position following the former host’s sacking in March.

Perkins denied the speculation, tweeting to one fan’s question as to whether or not she would be taking on the role.

She wrote: “A. It is obviously IS against me and B. I am not. So rest assured!”

But that hasn’t appeared to have ebbed the flow of wrath from angry Top Gear fans, who she claims have bombarded her with death threats.

Clarkson was let go by the BBC after an internal inquiry found him guilty of punching a show producer in a row over catering arrangements.

He is expected to continue a live tour with his former Top Gear co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May this year.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in