US Top Gear must find a new home
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Top Gear has suffered yet another blow today after its American version was axed.
Top Gear USA, which has a different set of presenters to the UK version, has been cancelled by the History Channel during its sixth season.
Rutledge Wood, Tanner Foust and Adam Ferrara were billed as the American Clarkson, May and Hammond but their show has been axed.
BBC bosses have said they want to find a new broadcaster for the franchise even though Chris Evans' version is also shown in the United States.
A BBC spokesman said: 'History treated Top Gear USA with great care, and the show had a solid five-season contractual run with the network.
'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.'
Former Top Gear line up of Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
Fans of Top Gear starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond had often questioned why it was ever made.
It was successful in its own right and won an Emmy Award in 2005 for best entertainment show.
The American remake had an identical looking Stig and the same format, but critics said that it was more like 'a 1980s beer commercial' than the original.
Star Rutledge Wood has thanked fans for their support and confirmed he hoped they may make it again.
He wrote on Facebook: 'I'm very sad to say, but Tuesday night's #TopGear on HISTORY is the last TG US that we have shot for you. I'm not saying Top Gear on HISTORY is done, but it's done for the immediate future on @History .
'The three of us will stick together and hope to bring you much more Top Gear USA, albeit it somewhere else it appears'.
It is not the first time the US has tried to re-create Top Gear. In 2005 Discovery made a pilot and in 2008 NBC made another, but neither were broadcast as a series.
However fans were never fully impressed by History's attempt.
Viewers soon took to Twitter with their harsh comparisons, with one writing: 'Top Gear US verdict: 'FAIL. Too scripted, no chemistry, not remotely funny, lacks flow.'
Current Top Gear hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc
Another tweeted: 'Wasted an hour watching Top Gear US. Sucks compared to Top Gear UK.'
One fan wrote an online review saying: 'I kept trying to figure out who the 'Clarkson' was – but I gave up. What's the point? This is NOT Top Gear as Anglophiles know it.'
While the US Stig was described as lacking mystique and one tweeted: 'Their Stig should have had a different name and the hosts suck.'
The opening show of Chris Evans' new Top Gear saw its audience plummet in the US compared to the last series despite having a new American host.
The first episode of the revamped programme, also fronted by former Friends star Matt LeBlanc, attracted 388,000 viewers when it aired on May 30.
This compared with 530,000 viewers for the opening episode of the previous series, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, according to Nielsen ratings, which also include recorded viewings that night.
BBC America, which released Top Gear's US ratings, said the opening show faced tough competition from two high-profile sports events - the finals of the NBA Western Conference and ice hockey's Stanley Cup - as well as the drama mini-series Roots.
A spokesman said: 'Premiere night was an incredibly competitive evening in the US with programmes that attracted a heavily male-skewing audience, which overlaps greatly with the BBC America audience.'
- Daily Mail