BBC postpones Top Gear Live shows
Four Top Gear Live shows set for next week in Norway have now been postponed according to the BBC. The decision was spurred by the recent controversy surrounding Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and his “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon as the investigation into Clarkson remains ongoing.
“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this will cause fans,” a spokeperson for the event said according to The Guardian, “and we will endeavour to contact all ticket holders directly to inform them of the change of date.”
According to the BBC, BBC director general Tony Hall is expected to look over evidence from the Clarkson case this week before further steps are taken. Fans have rallied around the suspended host, with over a million people signing an online petition to reinstate Clarkson, citing “freedom to fracas.”
Clarkson recently spoke out about the controversy at a charity auction in London, saying, “the BBC have f–ked themselves,” Clarkson said, according to The Guardian. “It was a great show and they f–ked it up.” But according to the BBC, those comments were just a joke to up the bid of his auction item.
The four shows were scheduled for Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. The remainder of the Live shows are to run as scheduled.