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Clarkson, Hammond and May to reunite on stage...in Ireland

Top Gear Live is to go ahead in Belfast, but it won’t be called that.

MPH07 The shows will go ahead without the Top Gear branding. Source: Top Gear Live

THE TOP GEAR Live tour will go ahead with Jeremy Clarkson, but it won’t be called Top Gear Live.

Despite being sacked from the BBC show, Clarkson will stay on to take part in the live event’s current tour which will be known as ‘Clarkson, Hammond and May Live’.

In a statement released today, BBC Worldwide said the show will go ahead “with its original three presenters, but without the Top Gear name or BBC branding”.

It means that clips from the show or the involvement of ‘The Stig’ will not be part of the show as has been the case previosuly.

The first of the shows will be in Belfast on 22 May.

The live shows are put on by BBC Worldwide and Brand Events meaning that the BBC will be contributing towards Clarkson’s remuneration for the show.

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“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,” a spokesperson said today.

Live shows in Norway that had been cancelled as a result of the controversy over Clarkson have also been rescheduled for June.

The 2015 tour will end in November at London’s O2 Arena.

Jeremy Clarkson was dismissed from his role as presenter of the Top Gear TV show after the coroporation found he assaulted producer Oisin Tymon.

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