16/04/2015 07:47 BST | Updated 16/04/2015 07:59 BST

‘Top Gear': James May Slams Twitter Users Who Sent Sue Perkins Death Threats

James May has taken to Twitter to slam ‘Top Gear’ fans who sent death threats to Sue Perkins, when reports claimed she would replace Jeremy Clarkson on the motoring show.

James sent his posts on Wednesday afternoon, starting with the tweet: “If you're one of the people sending death threats to @sueperkins could you please do the world a much bigger favour by killing yourself.”

James May

He then added: “Obviously I don't actually want people to kill themselves but, really, we don't want them as fans.”

Sue was on the receiving end of a number of vile tweets when bookies tipped her as a possible replacement for Jeremy Clarkson.

After stating that she wouldn’t be fronting ‘Top Gear’ any time soon, Sue later took to Twitter again, announcing that she was leaving the site after receiving a number of threats.

“My timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead,” she wrote. “This morning someone suggested they’d like to see me burn to death.

“All of which goes to say that I am off Twitter for a bit. Love and peace x.”

Sue Perkins

Following Sue’s decision to take a break from the site, her partner Anna Richardson came up with a fun way to put a smile back on the ‘Bake Off’ presenter’s face.

The TV personality urged fans to upload snaps of themselves holding signs with kisses on.

Plenty of fans answered her call, and their photos succeeded in cheering Sue up.

“THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUE SMOOCHES!! @sueperkins sends big love back and says Thankyou. Now she's off for a cuppa in the sun...x,” Anna wrote later in the day.

There’s been plenty of debate about who could take over from Jeremy Clarkson on ‘Top Gear’.

According to reports, stars including Chris Evans and Jodie Kidd could be in line for the job, however the favourite to replace Jezza is Dermot O’Leary, who announced he'd left ‘X Factor’ earlier this year.

Is Dermot’s timing just a coincidence? Watch this space…

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