Sunday 4 December 2016

Perkins quits Twitter over threats

Published 14/04/2015 | 11:51

Sue Perkins had been touted as a possible presenter of Top Gear
Sue Perkins had been touted as a possible presenter of Top Gear

The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins has left Twitter following death threats.

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In recent weeks, Perkins has been the subject of much speculation about her replacing Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson.

This morning she announced on Twitter that she was leaving the social media platform.

She wrote a series of tweets saying: "Guys, post the utterly fabricated story about me & Top Gear, my timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead...

"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."

Fans took to Twitter to post messages of support and encouragement following her announcement.

Clarkson was dropped from the show by the BBC last month after he punched a producer on the show, Oisin Tymon.

Fans on Twitter supporting Perkins included TV presenter Fearne Cotton who tweeted her writing: "There are some awful and sad humans out there. How pathetic. ps you absolutely rock!"

Before quitting the Social Media site, Perkins had replied to some fan tweets, writing: "Yawn. a/ not up for the job b/ couldn't imagine anything worse than doing it. Off you pop and troll s/one else."

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