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Trolls take their toll as Sue Perkins leaves Twitter after Top Gear rumours

Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has quit Twitter after she received a flood of abuse from trolls after bookmaker Coral touted her to be the favourite to become Top Gear's new host.

Following Jeremy Clarkson's dismissal from the BBC in March as a result of a punch up with a show producer, rumours have been rife regarding who will take the lead in the newly formatted Top Gear.

Perkins, who has 574,000 followers on Twitter, suggested that rumours linking her to the Top Gear' role were "utterly fabricated" as she left the site.

Comedian David Schneider leapt to Perkins’ defence.

As did the outspoken Katie Hopkins.

And Fearne Cotton.

This comes after Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo in February admitted he was “frankly ashamed of how poorly we've dealt with [trolls]”.