Four Top Gear Live shows, due to take place in Stavanger, Norway on 27 and 28 March, have been postponed amid ongoing uncertainty about the fate of host Jeremy Clarkson.
The star is currently suspended from the BBC pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he punched one of the hit show’s producers.
Clarkson has appeared at each of the Top Gear Live event, while co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond have appeared only appear at some shows.
With Clarkson’s participation seen as essential, and a final decision on his fate not due until next week, BBC Worldwide says it’s been forced to halt the live shows until further notice.
In a statement the broadcaster’s commercial arm said: “Top Gear Live regrets to inform ticket holders for next week’s 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 date.”
Fans have paid up to £100 each for tickets and are likely to be sorely disappointed at the shows’ cancellation.
Top Gear is the BBC’s biggest export and commercial hit and postponing the shows could cause severe reputational damage as well as landing Worldwide with a hefty bill should fans seek a refund of their ticket costs.