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Last week, it was reported that Sue was the new bookies’ favourite to replace Jeremy Clarkson, following his departure from the BBC motoring show after coming to blows with a producer.
Although she later insisted there was no truth to the rumours, it seems that a lot of people are still not happy with the idea of Sue fronting ‘Top Gear’.
Now she’s now revealed that she is taking a break from Twitter due to the magnitude of abusive messages she’s been sent.
On Tuesday morning, she announced she was “going off Twitter for a bit”, explaining: “My timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead… this morning someone suggested they’d like to see me burn to death.”
Guys, post the utterly fabricated story about me & Top Gear, my timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead...— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 14, 2015
This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death.— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 14, 2015
All of which goes to say that I am off Twitter for a bit. Love and peace x— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 14, 2015
This isn’t the first time ‘Top Gear’ fans have taken their aggression out in abusive tweets.
Oisin Tymon - the producer assaulted by Jeremy Clarkson - was bombarded with messages when it was confirmed the controversial TV personality had been sacked.
Philip Glenister, who fronted Channel 4’s ‘For The Love Of Cars’ last year, has since been reported as another possible replacement for Clarkson, with a source claiming: “He has a lot of credibility because he is a genuine car fanatic, and is clearly very comfortable talking about them.
"It also helps that he is considered a friend of the BBC.”