Top Gear USA, the American spinoff of BBC/BBC America’s flagship motoring show, has run out of gas on History and is now seeking a new home. Host and racing analyst Rutlege Wood posted the news to Facebook with BBC Worldwide North America confirming that this is not necessarily the end.
“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 U.S.,” per a BBC WW statement.
The news comes as the revamped lead Top Gear series, now hosted by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, has struggled in the ratings since it returned to BBC Two at the end of May. This past Sunday’s episode, however, bounced back a bit with a 300K viewership uptick.
The now defunct U.S. version airs its final episode tonight on History with hosts Wood, Adam Ferrara and Tanner Foust. The series began in 2010, hewing closely to the BBC format and including such celebrity guests as Stephen Moyer, Kid Rock, Ty Burrell, Joe Mantegna and Michelle Rodriguez. It also featured a Stig.
Wood wrote on his Facebook page:
“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.
“I remember the day that I got the phone call to ask if I’d be interested in talking to one of the producers about possibly being one of the hosts of the US’s version of the world’s most iconic car show. It’s been an amazing ride for sure, and although I don’t think the show is done, it appears that it’s done with our friends at History, and we’re incredibly grateful for being a part of the A&E Networks family.”
He added that the trio of himself, Ferrara and Foust “will stick together and hope to bring you much more Top Gear USA, albeit it somewhere else it appears.”
History for its part said, “We’d like to thank the entire Top Gear team for five great seasons on History, however we have decided not to order additional seasons for the network.”