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Sue Perkins responds perfectly to those who think a gay woman shouldn’t replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear

Sue Perkins responds perfectly to those who think a gay woman shouldn’t replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear

Sue Perkins is now the favorite to present Top Gear.

With her now at even odds among the bookmakers, it looks very likely that Jeremy Clarkson’s replacement will be a gay woman.

Considering the BBC driving show is the most watched factual TV programme in the world, it would be a huge step towards visual representation for LGBTI people on television.

But there are those who don’t think Perkins, who also presents The Great British Bake Off with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc, should take the driving seat.

Numerous tweets were sent to the TV star, accusing the BBC of ‘box-ticking’ and that she should ‘stay in the kitchen’.

Perkins, currently filming in Bengal, delivered the perfect response.

‘Just back from night shoot in Kolkata sewers to find my timeline busy with middle-aged man-trolls,’ she said.

‘General gist: Man do cars, woman do cake.’

‘Anyway, whatever bullshit is blowing in the UK, I wish you all night night from steamy Bengal. Xx’

Clarkson’s contract was not renewed following an internal BBC investigation. It was found he attacked Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, splitting his lip and verbally abusing him on 4 March.

The BBC has repeatedly had to defend Top Gear of accusations of homophobia, with in 2009 a gay couple claiming they had been denied tickets just because of their sexuality. Clarkson has also referred to cars he doesn’t like as ‘ginger beer’, the rhyming slang for ‘queer’.