While details are limited, it appears that the show failed to attract enough advertising revenue.

It appears that one of the world's most popular automotive TV shows has been axed, as the Daily Mail is reporting. Channel 5 has killed off Fifth Gear.

While details are limited, the newspaper says the decision was unrelated to recent budget cuts. This likely means the show failed to attract enough advertising revenue to warrant further taping. In the last series, Fifth Gear failed to garner one million viewers.

However, Fifth Gear cast member Jonny Smith has stated on his Twitter page, "Thanks to everyone for your compliments and words of encouragement. Remember, FG isn't OFFICIALLY finished. Don't (ever?) believe The Mail." 

He continued, "To answer all the tweets about Fifth Gear ending - I don't know who the Daily Mail talked to, but nothing is official. TV is a fickle world."

Originally aired in 2002, Fifth Gear was soon eclipsed by the BBC's highly successful reincarnation of Top Gear.



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