'Someone said they'd like to see me burned to death' - Sue Perkins quits Twitter following online abuse from Top Gear fans
Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has quit Twitter following a deluge of abuse from fans of Top Gear who do not want a female host.
Perkins was recently mooted as a possible replacement for Jeremy Clarkson by bookmakers Coral who reported a flurry of bets on Perkins for the role.
However, nobody has been approached by the BBC and Perkins responded by labelling the story 'fabricated'.
Even so she has been subjected to abuse on Twitter and today announced she would be leaving the social networking site.
Just back from night shoot in Kolkata sewers to find my timeline busy with middle-aged man-trolls. General gist: Man do cars, woman do cake— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 9, 2015
In one tweet, she said someone said they'd "like to see me burned to death" and she also tweeted, "Just back from night shoot in Kolkata sewers to find my timeline busy with middle-aged man-trolls. General gist: Man do cars, woman do cake"
Sue, a comedian, actress and writer, rose to prominence through comedy with Mel and Sue and most recently has hosted The Great British Bake Off.
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
She is currently dating fellow presenter Anna Richardson.
Clarkson was the subject of an internal BBC investigation after he attacked Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, splitting his lip and verbally abusing him in a 30-second assault on March 4.
This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death.— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 14, 2015
He was suspended by the broadcaster on March 10 before it announced his contract would not be renewed.
The star received widespread public support - including from his friend Prime Minister David Cameron - in the aftermath of the fracas, and one million people signed a petition calling for the BBC to reinstate him.
All of which goes to say that I am off Twitter for a bit. Love and peace x— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 14, 2015
But director-general Tony Hall said ''a line has been crossed'' and ''there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another''.