U.S. Top Gear Canceled for “Immediate Future”

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With Matt “Joey” LeBlanc now in the driver’s seat for the BBC original, the U.S. version of Top Gear has pulled the emergency brake.

According to a Facebook post from Top Gear U.S. co-host and race analyst Rutledge Wood, tonight’s season finale will actual be the series finale.

The show premiered in 2010 and ran for six seasons, with Wood, comedian Adam Ferrara and professional racer Tanner Foust attempting to copy the British original’s winning formula of car commentary and driving.

“I’m not saying Top Gear is done, but it’s done for the immediate future on History,” wrote Wood. “The three of us will stick together and hope to bring you much more Top Gear USA, albeit somewhere else it appears.”

That last part was confirmed by a statement shared by a spokesperson for BBC Worldwide North America.

“History treated Top Gear USA with great care, and the show had a solid five-season contractual run with the network,” said the spokesperson. “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.”

Meanwhile, the original Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will test-drive a new show called Grand Tour via Amazon Video later in September.

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