9:41am PT by Kate Stanhope
History Cancels 'Top Gear USA' After Six Seasons
It's the end of the road for Top Gear USA -- at least at History.
History has pulled the plug on the unscripted automotive series after six seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Tuesday's episode will now serve as a series finale. "We’d like to thank the entire Top Gear team for five great seasons on History, however we have decided not to order additional seasons for the network," the cabler said in a statement.
Co-host Rutledge Wood first broke the news on his Instagram page Monday. "I'm very sad to say, but Tuesday night's #TopGear on @History is the last TG US that we have shot for you. I'm not saying Top Gear USA is done, but it's done for the immediate future on @History," he wrote. "It's been an amazing ride for sure, and although I don't think the show is done, it appears that it's done with our friends at History, and we're incredibly grateful for being a part of the A&E Networks family."
Based on the BBC television series of the same name -- which underwent a major overhaul this past year after the departures of its original hosts -- the U.S. version premiered in 2010 on History. Like the original Top Gear, which featured three co-hosts before the talent change this year, Top Gear USA was hosted by a trio including Wood, Adam Ferrara and Tanner Foust.
BBC Worldwide, which produced Top Gear USA, issued a statement confirming the series' end on History while remaining optimistic about the show's future.
"History treated Top Gear USA with great care, and the show had a solid five-season contractual run with the network," a BBC Worldwide Productions spokesperson said. "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 US."
Top Gear USA found a home at History after Discovery first ordered a pilot based on the BBC series back in 2005. NBC then ordered an American version in 2008 before opting not to move forward with the series several months later.
For History, the cancellation comes as the network looks to move into more scripted programming like its recent prestige mini Roots, which lured 14 million viewers during its premiere week. History also has the scripted period drama Vikings in addition to unscripted stalwarts like Ancient Aliens and American Pickers.