The world was outraged when Jeremy Clarkson was recently fired off the popular BBC motoring show, Top Gear. Clarkson was sacked on 10 March 2015 following a “fracas” with a producer of the show. Many fans and supporters of the show, including Clarkson’s two co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond, voiced their support for Clarkson and his reinstatement. However, BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall said that “a line had been crossed“.
This left the future of the show as well as other Top Gear events in limbo. Luckily South Africans fans will still be able to experience the tour, but this time under a different name: Clarkson, Hammond and May Live. The new rebranded tour will be held from 12 -1 4 June 2015 in Johannesburg and won’t contain any BBC branding or content. Pre-sale tickets for the two-day event will go on sale this evening at midnight and you can get yours here.
The tour has already been postponed in Australia, but organisers for the South African leg of the tour, Brand Events, agreed with BBC to continue with the planned event, but under a different name.
BBC Worldwide said in a statement that:
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. These events will not however feature any BBC Top Gear branding or content. We believe this is a sensible approach in the circumstances.
So what’s next for BBC Top Gear then?
The Sun UK reported on Sunday that actor-turned-presenter, Philip Glenister, is most likely to replace Clarkson as host of the show. Glenister is best known for playing Gene Hunt in Life on Mars and as presenter of the Channel 4 series, For the Love of Cars.
The two co-hosts of the show might also be replaced as May stated that they are always a team, also both Hammond and May’s Top Gear contract have run out.
Clarkson recently teased fans about the future of the show and its three presenters. While helping out at a local community action, Clarkson suggested to the crowd that the show might be back:
I remember in the olden days when there used to be a television program called Top Gear, which was on the BBC. Oh it’ll be back. Just somewhere else. Or maybe even not somewhere else, who knows?