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    Sue Perkins Received Death Threats Over Rumours She Could Host "Top Gear"

    "This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death."

    Sue Perkins, presenter of The Great British Bake Off, has left Twitter after receiving threats over speculation that she could take over hosting Top Gear.

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    Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from the programme three weeks ago following a "fracas" between him and a Top Gear producer.

    Bookmaker Coral was reported by The Guardian and The Telegraph last week as saying that Perkins was the favourite to take over the show.

    However, Perkins responded by saying she did not want to host the show, claiming she “couldn’t imagine anything worse than doing it”.

    @Freddtaylor @jongaunt Yawn. a/ not up for the job b/ couldn't imagine anything worse than doing it. Off you pop and troll s/one else.

    She also said she was bemused by the speculation.

    Just back from night shoot in Kolkata sewers to find my timeline busy with middle-aged man-trolls. General gist: Man do cars, woman do cake

    And then this morning, she decided to leave Twitter for the time being, claiming to have received online abuse.

    Guys, post the utterly fabricated story about me & Top Gear, my timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead...

    All of which goes to say that I am off Twitter for a bit. Love and peace x

    This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death.

    Perkins' agent has been contacted for comment.

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