Belfast Telegraph

Yes, Clarkson's coming... but just don't call the show Top Gear

By Lisa Smyth

Axed BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear co-hosts are revving up for a live show in Belfast after it was confirmed a £10m world tour will go ahead.

A BBC spokesman last night said the trio will fulfil the series of gigs - but they will be stripped of all BBC branding and content and billed as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.

The shows, also featuring James May and Richard Hammond, are scheduled to take place at the Odyssey Arena from May 22 to 24.

A spokesman for Brand Events, the BBC's joint venture partner, said: "This is a great solution for the fans. We'd like to thank our ticket-holders for their continued patience."

A question mark had been hanging over the future of the shows after Clarkson was sacked for an unprovoked attack on Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon.

Meanwhile, police are still investigating threats to kill BBC director-general Tony Hall, which are thought to be linked to his decision to axe Clarkson.

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