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Top Gear Stavanger show to go ahead

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Top Gear Stavanger show to go ahead
Jeremy Clarkson (right) with The Stig (central) and co-presenters in a rehearsal for a Top Gear Live event in Oslo in 2011. Photo: Morten Holm / Scanpix
10:32 CEST+02:00
Sacked Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson and his former co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond are to bring their live show to Stavanger’s Sørmarka Arena after all, BBC Worldwide revealed on Tuesday.
The four shows, retitled Clarkson, Hammond and May Live, will take place on June 20th and June 21st.  
 
“We’re really happy to have them confirmed here, it’s fantastic,” Christian Topstad, commercial head at Folkehallene, which manages the Arena, told The Local. “This might be the last time these three guys are doing anything together, so its an opportunity to se something which is already moving on, so I think it will be a sell out.” 
 
A spokesman for BBC Worldwide broke the news on Tuesday afternoon to Transmission, Top Gear’s official fan blog. 
 
“So as not to disappoint the thousands of people around the world who have already purchased tickets, BBC Worldwide has agreed with our joint venture partner Brand Events that the remainder of the tour can continue,” the spokesman said.  “These events will not, however, feature any BBC Top Gear branding or content. We believe this is a sensible approach in the circumstances.”
 
The live events will not be able to use clips from Top Gear shows or feature The Stig, the anonymous racing driver who is one of the show’s most popular figures. 
 
Jeremy Clarkson, who had turned Top Gear into one of the BBC’s most popular and profitable programmes, was sacked last week for punching producer Oisin Tymon after an argument over his failure to arrange a hot meal at the end of a shoot.  
 
Top Gear Live is promoted Sub Zero, a 50/50 joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events. 
 
“This is a great solution for the fans,” a spokesman for Brand Events, told the Transmission blog. “We’d like to thank our ticket-holders for their continued patience. The fans are the most important people to Jeremy, Richard and James, so we’re delighted to be able to say, ‘We’re still coming’…”
 
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