Yes my friends, the title is correct. Five TV’s Fifth Gear auto show, one of the few rivals of the mammoth Top Gear from BBC2 might get canceled, at least according to UK newspaper the Daily Mail, which claims that low audience and ratings numbers are forcing executives to put the show off the air and decline it a new season, which was supposed to start in the following months.
It seems that it has all started with Vicki Butler-Henderson which was fired, and the producers saw fit to cancel the show altogether. While it isn’t official, two of the presenters of the show, Jonny Smith and Tiff Needell declined to comment on the matter, saying that nothing is certain for now, via their Twitter accounts.
“I know five is a bit short on budgets and I know they’re looking at all things but I haven’t been told anything officially yet,” said Needell on his account. While Jonny revealed that: “To answer all the tweets about Fifth Gear ending – I don’t know who the Daily Mail talked to, but nothing is official. TV is a fickle world. FG is always compared to the big-budget epic movie monster that is TG. It can’t and won’t ever be TG. FG was always more, well, grass roots. To be completely honest, it could be time for a fresh car TV show recipe. Right now I’m enjoying Industrial Junkie & motor journalism tho!”
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