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Tiff Needell Forced Out Of Fifth Gear, No Explanation Was Made Public

When Jeremy Clarkson punched a Top Gear producer on a filming location, it was obvious the show wouldn’t survive in the format we all know and love. The three amigos left the British Broadcasting Corporation, started anew with the help of executive producer Andy Wilman on Amazon Prime, then reshufflings made Top Gear a joke in the eyes of many. It was that bad, alright…
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For our younger readers, it should be highlighted that Tiff Needell used to co-host the BBC motoring show from 1987 up until the BBC reinvented Top Gear with the help of Clarkson. Speaking of which, Jeremy appeared on the old format of the show in 1988 alongside the current presenter of Lovecars.

“The what?” Lovecars is a project we wholly recommend to car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike, and Tiff has been a part of the team for 18 months and counting. Going forward, the British racing driver and television presenter will dedicate his time to Lovecars to the detriment of Fifth Gear.

A few tweets from both Fifth Gear and Mr. Needell reveal the bitterness of the departure, namely “someone at Discovery UK has decided Fifth Gear will be a better show without me.” You can definitely feel that Tiff has been ousted without knowing about the plan. “It’s a sad time for me as I was pivotal in the creation of the program,” the 67-year-old confessed on his Twitter page.

Digging deeper into the reasoning behind this move, “Quest have decided not to include Tiff Needell in the latest series” according to a story on Lovecars. The new ten-part series soldiers on with Jonny Smith, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jason Plato, and Jimmy DeVille alongside former F1 driver Karun Chandok.

Head of the channel, Simon Downing, didn’t have too much of an explanation to give about this change either. In addition to mentioning something or another about Tiff’s contribution to the show, the official couldn’t provide any additional details except the best of luck to Needell in future endeavors.

Fans on Twitter are also mad, claiming that “Tiff made Fifth Gear,” “this move will probably be the actual one that ends the show,” “utterly devastating that you have got rid of Tiff,” and “no Tiff equals no Fifth Gear.” While he may be a pivotal man for the show, there’s no denying that his former colleagues will do their best to keep Fifth Gear alive and as relevant as possible.

What we couldn’t understand at all is how cynical the man responsible for the show’s Twitter channel can be about this change. “After 17 years on Fifth Gear, long-running presenter Tiff Needell will not appear in the series, but can be found at Lovecars.” No thank you, no wish you all the best, not even a collage of fan-favorite or crew-favorite moments with the man himself.

To whoever did the unthinkable, that’s petty and you know it.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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