One down, one to go…
In what may truly mark the beginning of the for Top Gear as a franchise, the BBC has officially confirmed that Top Gear USA has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. The show which has been featured on The History Channel for the past 5 years featured hosts Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, and Rutledge Wood. Long hailed as the pailer, sicker version of the original Top Gear (featuring Clarkson and the boys, of course) it’s hard to say the show was expected to have much of a shelf life in the first place.
The news was first announced on Facebook by hot Rutledge Wood on his Facebook page on the evening of June 26. The show has completed 72 episodes over six seasons.
Rumors are already abound that the shows cancellation is due to rapidly declining ratings on the UK version of Top Gear which has been revamped following an altercation surrounding presenter Jeremy Clarkson. The shows new primary host Chris Evans has been near combative over social media defending the show, while rumors are also popping up that the other primary host Matt Leblanc is threatening to leave the show if Evans is not fired. While the BBC has not confirmed that ratings or any other rumor is the reason for the cancellation, on many levels it makes sense that the BBC would try to increase viewership of its floundering show in the UK by cancelling the less than stellar American spin-off.
Either way, this may be a sign of things to come for the UK version of Top Gear, and with The Grand Tour’s premier on the horizon, it may be the beginning of the end.