Live Norway Shows for “Top Gear” On Hold for Now
BBC announced on Monday, March 23, that the four live shows in Norway of “Top Gear” schedules for March 27 and 28 were put on a hiatus in light of presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s recent behavior with the network.
According to Deadline, reports suggest about 20,000 people purchases tickets, with costs ranging from £45-£100 per ticket.
In a statement by BBC, the network said, “Top Gear Live regrets to inform ticket holders for next week’s shows in Stavanger, Norway that we will be postponing all 4 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.”
Many fans, critics and even Clarkson believe that he will be fired from “Top Gear” and the BBC network. Clarkson has had a history of being hard to work with in the past. Recently, he allegedly got into a fight with one of the producers of the show. This incident caused Clarkson to be put on suspension and in turn BBC had to show reruns of other shows, causing their viewership to drop slightly.
This weekend, Clarkson ranted about BBC and “Top Gear,” saying that they are messed up in an explicative speech during a charity event last weekend. He was later informed that his speech had been recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
Apparently, he and his lawyer decided it was best for him to be remaining out of the limelight until an official decision is reached by the network. The decision is slated to happen sometime this week.