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Some good news for Top Gear fans regarding the show's tour

The gigs will be stripped of all BBC branding and content and billed as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live
The gigs will be stripped of all BBC branding and content and billed as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live

Jeremy Clarkson will appear on stage with his former Top Gear colleagues later this year to fulfil a series of gigs planned before the BBC sacked him for an attack on one of the show's producers.

The gigs will be stripped of all BBC branding and content and billed as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.

That means the shows, which will take in venues as far afield as Australia, Norway, South Africa, Northern Ireland and the UK, will not be able to use clips from the show or feature The Stig.

The tour is being heavily advertised in Northern Ireland before it arrives at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in May, and culminates at the O2 Arena in London at the end of November.

A BBC Worldwide spokesman said: "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."

Some of the dates have already had to be rescheduled and tour organisers believe it may not even make a profit by the time those costs have been taken into account.

A spokesman for Brand Events said: "This is a great solution for the fans. 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'. We're sure it'll be something you won't want to miss."

The move is likely to spark rumours that the three men intend to team up to continue their careers together after Clarkson's exit from the corporation, but sources close to the tour say it is just a matter of fulfilling commitments to the fans.

Earlier today, Top Gear producer Andy Wilman - regarded as central to the show's success - had to deny reports he has quit the hit show in the wake of Clarkson's sacking.

An email sent to Top Gear staff congratulating them on making "one of the most iconic programmes in TV history" was published yesterday and widely reported as a resignation statement.

In it, he said: "Our stint as guardians of Top Gear was a good one, but we were only part of the show's history, not the whole of it. Those two words are bigger than us."

But today Mr Wilman, whose friendship with Clarkson dates back to their school days, said the email was "not a resignation statement, and nor was it meant for public consumption".