Top Gear presenters planning to go ahead with live shows in Oz

Top Gear presenters planning to go ahead with live shows in Oz

Jeremy Clarkson plans to make a Top Gear comeback in Australia in a few weeks.

The 54-year-old TV presenter, who was dumped by the BBC last week, plans to travel to Sydney with James May, 52, and Richard Hammond, 45, to host the show in front of 40,000 fans over two days, although he may be forced to scrap the 'Top Gear Live' name.

The events are set to be staged on April 18 and 19, with a source telling the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "Talks are going on to try and ensure this event goes ahead. The main priority is the thousands of people who have bought tickets.

"The feeling in Sydney is that the three presenters want to do it, thousands of fans who've bought tickets want to see it, so just get it on."

Four tour dates in Norway were scrapped last week after the BBC announced it would not be renewing Clarkson's contract, but the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide could face a huge lawsuit if the events in Australia do not take place.

Indeed, the shows have sold 200,000 tickets across the world and are set to make as much as €15m.

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