The Stig, Top Gear

The Top Gear brand faces another blow as the US version of the motoring show is axed.

The BBC has confirmed Top Gear USA has been cancelled by the History Channel after six seasons. The US version featured three male presenters and followed a similar set-up to that of the of the original UK version. One of the co-presenters, Rutlegde Wood, posted on Facebook that Tuesday’s episode would be the last.

BBC, who produce the show, are said to be looking for other networks to pick up Top Gear USA. Wood hosted the show alongside Tanner Foust and Adam Ferrara.

“It’s been an amazing ride for sure, and although I don’t think the show is done, it appears that it’s done with our friends at History.” – Top Gear US host, Rutledge Wood.

Back in the UK Top Gear is struggling to pull in the viewing figures that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May used to pull. May and Hammond quit the show last year after Clarkson was sacked after punching a crew member. The trio will be hosting a new car show on Amazon Prime later this year.

“We are fully committed to the hugely successful Top Gear brand – known all over the world – and have begun exploring new opportunities for the series in the US.” – BBC Worldwide

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