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'Man do cars, woman do cake' - Death threats for Sue Perkins amid Top Gear rumours

The presenter says some people have suggested they want her ‘burned alive’.

TV PRESENTER AND comedian Sue Perkins says she is taking a break from Twitter after receiving death threats following rumours linking her to Top Gear.

The Great British Bake Off presenter has herself rubbished the rumours but it hasn’t stopped people from allegedly saying they wanted to see her ‘burned alive’.

BBC has said that Top Gear will continue after it sacked presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

There’s yet to be any official comment about who will be on the next series of the show, but Perkins’s name popped up this week as a possible replacement.

It lead it an immediate sexist backlash, she told her followers:

She went on to describe the rumours of “pure bunkum” but it didn’t stop her from receiving threats.


Top Gear co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May have yet to confirm their intentions on whether they will continue with the show.

Clarkson is reported to have told a charity auction over the weekend that Top Gear could “be back somewhere else”.

What he meant is unclear with the BBC retaining the sole rights to the globally successful format.

Ladbrokes have made former X Factor host Dermot O’Leary the favourtite to replace Clarkson with actor Philip Glenister and presenter Jodie Kidd also considered to be in the running.

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