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Sunday 25 September 2016

Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins quits Twitter following death threats

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Sue Perkins
Sue Perkins

The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins has left Twitter following death threats.

Perkins, who has been the subject of much speculation about her replacing Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, announced on Twitter that she was leaving the social media platform.

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

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

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

Fans posted messages of support and encouragement following her announcement.

Clarkson was dropped from the show by the BBC last month after he punched a producer on the show, Irishman Oisin Tymon.

Fans on Twitter supporting Perkins included TV presenter Fearne Cotton, who tweeted: "There are some awful and sad humans out there. How pathetic. ps you absolutely rock!"

Before quitting Twitter, Perkins had replied to some fan tweets, writing: "Yawn. a/ not up for the job b/ couldn't imagine anything worse than doing it. Off you pop and troll s/one else."

Perkins is not the only celebrity to have left Twitter over bullying and trolling.

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Downton Abbey star Lily James quit after trolling from fans who did not like her storyline.

"I was surprised people had an opinion about me, but now I don't want to engage with that stuff," she said at the time

Near the end of last year, Stephen Fry announced he was leaving Twitter for a month.

"Closing down on Twitter while filming. In a place whence I've been advised it is safest not to tweet. See you December. Here goes," he wrote.

He is now back on the social media site.

Singer Nicki Minaj took a short break before returning.

"A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that's what I did," she said at the time.

In 2012, Little Britain Star Matt Lucas left Twitter for some time after a 16-year-old tweeted him a joke relating to his former partner's death.

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