BBC Parks ‘Top Gear’ Live Shows While it Mulls Jeremy Clarkson’s Fate

LONDON — The BBC has parked a series of live shows for its hit motoring show “Top Gear” as a result of the suspension of its star presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

The broadcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, had been due to stage four shows in Norway, with a combined audience of almost 20,000, on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, but they have now been postponed, with new dates yet to be announced.

An event spokesman 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.”

Clarkson was suspended after an allegation that he hit producer Oisin Tymon. A report on the incident is due to be handed to the BBC’s director general Tony Hall this week.

In a speech at a charity auction on Thursday, Clarkson suggested that his fate was sealed. He spoke about going on a “last lap” of the “Top Gear” test track before the “f—ing b-stards sack me.” But in his column in the Sunday Times yesterday, Clarkson claimed his comments were “all meant in jest.”

An online petition calling for the presenter’s reinstatement has been signed by more than 1 million people, but Clarkson said in his column in the Sun newspaper on Saturday that resistance was futile.

“Protest never works. Because we are all plankton. And the world is run by whales,” he wrote.

“You can be a big and important plankton but that doesn’t make a jot of difference if a whale has decided to eat you up. You can get a million other plankton to dress up and wave banners but Mr Whale won’t even notice.”

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