Jeremy Clarkson (right) with co-presenters in a rehearsal for a Top Gear Live event in Oslo in 2011. Photo: Morten Holm / Scanpix
“Top Gear Live regrets to inform those with tickets to next week's shows in Stavanger that we will be postponing all four shows, with new dates later this year which will be announced shortly,” the company announced on the website of Norway’s Atomic Soul, which was promoting the shows.
Clarkson remains suspended by the BBC after a “fracas” at the start of the month in which he allegedly punched a producer during a dispute over hot food at the hotel where they were staying during a shoot.
The cancellation, while widely expected, followed assurances from both Peer Osmundsvaag, Atomic Soul’s promoter, and a spokesman for BBC Worldwide maintained that the shows were still scheduled.
The change could have come because the internal BBC inquiry into the events is now due to report next week, meaning the shows would have taken place before the BBC could decide on whether Clarkson will keep his job or be dismissed.
Some 18,000 fans have already bought tickets for the event, paying between £45 and £100.
A BBC Worldwide spokesman told The Guardian that the decision of would not affect events in coming months in Sydney, Belfast, Sheffield and Johannesburg.
“At present, all other Top Gear Live dates will run as scheduled,” he said.