Comedian and TV presenter Sue Perkins has been forced off Twitter following death threats from fans of BBC Two’s Top Gear.
The Great British Bake Off host has been named as a possible replacement for Jeremy Clarkson who was dropped from the BBC driving show after hitting producer Oisin Tymon.
Perkins spent some of the weekend denying the “utterly fabricated” reports that she was being lined-up for the series but her denials were ignored by some Twitter users who continued to make threatening remarks.
This morning Perkins told her 547,000 followers that someone had “suggested they’d like to see me burn to death” and that this and other comments meant she was now “off Twitter for a bit”.
This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death.
— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 14, 2015
The threats against Perkins follow a series of threats made against Tymon and BBC Director General Lord Tony Hall in the wake of Hall’s decision not to renew Clarkson’s contract.