After BBC sacked Clarkson from Top Gear and decided to revamp the show with different presenters and a new format, another popular motoring program has seen its end: Fifth Gear.
The man to make the announcement official is Tiff Needell himself, who blamed a money-related problem and wrote on Twitter:
“So busy enjoying Mille Miglia forgot to point out @FifthGearTV on @ITV4 on Friday was last one ever recorded. And no news of any more… After an unbroken 29 years presenting either Top Gear of Fifth Gear it feels weird not to have any filming dates in my diary!“
Tiff Needell started co-hosting BBC’s Top Gear in 1987, with Jeremy Clarkson among others, where he remained until 2001, when the show was cancelled, only to be brought back a year later. Needell signed with Channel 5 to produce and host Fifth Gear from 2002 and the program was eventually distributed on the Discovery Channel, from 2012 to 2014, and on History Channel, since 2015.
Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson, were on the show since the beginning, while journalist Jonny Smith, joined them in 2006. Over the years, the presenter lineup also counted Jason Plato, Quentin Willson, Adrian Simpson and Tom Ford.
After an unbroken run of 29 years presenting either Top Gear or Fifth Gear it feels weird not to have any filming dates in my diary!
— Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) May 22, 2016