Peter Kay Cancels First Tour in Eight Years for Family Reasons
Comedian Peter Kay has been forced to cancel all his upcoming work projects, including his upcoming stand-up tour because of “unforeseen family circumstances.”
“This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Statement from Peter Kay: pic.twitter.com/gYhZkq12Q1
— Peter Kay (@peterkay_co_uk) December 13, 2017
He added, “I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time.”
His next tour was set to begin in 2019, starting in Birmingham, and included 112 dates across the UK and Ireland.
The cancellation comes after he added extra dates to his tour due to public demand.
“I really miss it. I know how lucky I am to be making television series and have really loved these past few years working on Car Share, but I miss doing stand-up,” he said when he announced his return to the stage, according to ITV.
The star performed to more than 1.1 million people in his 2010 to 2011 comedy tour “The Tour That Didn’t Tour” making him the record-holder for the biggest-selling comedy tour of all time.
“I’m extremely proud to have receiving such an honour,” he said at the time.
“I never imagined that one day I’d be included in the Guinness World Records, just goes to show that the lovely Roy Castle was right, dedication is exactly what you need if you want to be a record breaker.”
The move won’t affect the final episode of his BBC One sitcom “Car Share”, as the series has already been filmed, according to the BBC.
He said that anyone who has bought tickets for Peter Kay’s Live Arena Tour and Dance for Life shows will be refunded.
Fans poured out their support and sympathy for the star, while some were angry at the cancellation.
Gutted can't see you in Birmingham but family is important. All the best Pete and for all your family .
— David Smallman🇬🇧 (@Dav3y_Smalls) December 13, 2017
wow just wow……………….. booked to see you in 18 and 19. i get so fed up when things like this happen with no proper expliantion. not impressed it's off
— Jaime home (@jay20009) December 13, 2017
No problem, was looking forward to your show and meeting you, my prayers and best wishes to you and loved ones, yes #familycomesfirst – whenever you are ready mate x
— Mohammed Abbasi 🇬🇧 (@MohammedAbbasi) December 13, 2017
Sending my prayers and best wishes to you and your family Peter 🙏
— SteveB (@SteveSkyBlues) December 13, 2017
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