James May has criticised Top Gear viewers who sent threatening tweets to Sue Perkins after reports she was going to replace Jeremy Clarkson, saying he did not want them as fans.

Sue Perkins



Sue Perkins recieved abusive tweets before quitting the social media site (Ian West/PA)

 

The presenter, who is getting ready to tour a Top Gear spin-off around the UK alongside Clarkson and Richard Hammond, suggested online trolls who sent Perkins death threats should go ‘kill themselves’.

 

 

Richard Hammond and James May.



Former Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May (Gareth Fuller/PA)

 

Perkins, who became a favourite to replace the ousted Clarkson after a flurry of bets, announced she was leaving Twitter for a while yesterday as a result of the abuse.

 

 

 

The Great British Bake Off host was said to be the front-runner for the job according to bookmakers Coral, with Dermot O’Leary second favourite at 2-1. Actor Philip Glenister, famed for his role as the detective in Life On Mars, has also been mooted as a possible replacement for Clarkson.

The Bake-Off star denied the rumours, resulting in a torrent of abuse from Top Gear fans. Perkins said on Twitter last week:

 

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.

He was suspended by the broadcaster on March 10 before it announced his contract would not be renewed.