It is with regret that we bring you this breaking news. After months of rumors that Top Gear UK was facing the axe, today Jeremy Clarkson confirmed that the show has now been cancelled after a huge 11 year and 21 Series run.
Rumors started swirling after the publication of a new book which apparently suggested top BBC shows like the motor programme could come to an end. It also comes hot on the heels of question asked by a fan on Twitter last month to Jeremy, as to whether Top Gear was facing the chop. Host Jeremy replied: “Absolutely not true”, suggesting that the show’s hosts may have also been kept in the dark as to the show’s fate.
Last week Broadcast reported that the BBC was getting ready for talks with Jeremy and his co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May over their contracts. Tightening economic conditions and a drop in viewer figures may have resulted in further budget cuts to the show and reduced pay figures for the hosts. Figures which may have been unacceptable to three of the biggest motoring personalities…. in the world.
On April 1st the show’s executive producer Andy Wilman could not be immediately be contacted for comment and is believed to be keeping a low profile in the wake of the news being leaked on the internet.
It is a sad day indeed.
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