‘Top Gear’ live shows postponed as BBC considers Jeremy Clarkson’s future

Clarkson was due to co-host four live shows in Norway later this week

Four Top Gear live shows scheduled to take place in Norway later this week have been postponed.

Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May were due to host four live shows over two days at Stavanger’s Somarka Arena this Thursday (March 26) and Friday (March 27). According to the Radio Times, more than 20,000 of the 26,000 available tickets for the shows had been sold.

However, the live shows’ organisers announced in a statement yesterday (March 22) that the Norway dates will not take place as planned later this week, and will instead be rescheduled for later in the year. The statement reads: “Top Gear Live regrets to inform ticket holders for next weeks shows in Stavanger, Norway that we will be postponing all four performances, with rescheduled dates for later this year to be confirmed within the next fortnight.

“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this will cause fans and we will endeavour to contact all ticket holders directly to inform them of the change of dates. At present, all other Top Gear Live dates will run as scheduled.”

The next Top Gear live shows are set to take place in Sydney, Australia on April 18 and 19. The BBC’s internal investigation into suspended presenter Clarkson, which is being headed by Ken MacQuarrie, the director of BBC Scotland, began last Monday (March 16) and is due to be handed to Director-General Tony Hall early this week. An online petition to reinstate the suspended presenter has now attracted over one million supporters.

The BBC announced on March 10 that the Top Gear presenter has been suspended “pending an investigation” following a “fracas” with a producer. It has since been reported that Clarkson “saw red” after discovering that no dinner had been provided after a long day’s filming and allegedly hit an assistant producer who has worked on the show for around 10 years. However, this has yet to be confirmed by the BBC.

Speaking at a charity event last Thursday (March 19), Clarkson appeared to claim that he has already been sacked by the BBC, but the presenter has since insisted that his comments were “all meant in jest”.