Tiff Needell axed from Fifth Gear TV

Tiff Needell DROPPED from Fifth Gear TV show

Tiff Needell axed from Fifth Gear TV

Less than a month before the latest series of Fifth Gear returns to TV screens, Tiff Needell has made a shock announcement.

After some 17 years of involvement with the motoring show, Needell has confirmed that he will no longer be part of it. 

His revelation on social media suggested that the decision had been taken by executives at Discovery Networks Europe, rather than by him.

Needell was partly responsible for the creation of the Fifth Gear franchise, born from the demise of the original Top Gear series. 

First aired in 2002 on Channel 5, the programme later moved to the Discovery Channel, followed by time on the History channel. The free-to-air Quest channel has been the latest home of Fifth Gear since 2018.

The almost two decades of presenting Fifth Gear by Needell, were in addition to the 14 years he spent working on Top Gear for the BBC. Current Top Gear presenter Chris Harris was one of the first to offer his support to Needell, following today’s announcement.

Continuing Fifth Gear presenters Jason Plato and Jonny Smith also commented that Needell would be missed by them on the show.

Needell has noted that he will be continuing to appear on video, as part of the Lovecars YouTube channel. He has previously appeared in a number of videos for the online outlet, and looks set to have plans to do even more now. 

Along with the news about Needell, the start date for the latest series of Fifth Gear has also been confirmed as the 3rd October 2019.

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