Peter Kay fans were left devastated recently when the comedian revealed that all of his upcoming live show dates would be cancelled.
The famous funny-man unexpectedly cancelled his tour due to unforseen family circumstances, explaining “My family must come first”.
Peter took to social media to issue a statement revealing that all of his future work plans, including his Dance for Life shows, will be put on hold.
He wrote on Twitter, “This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.”
“I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time.”
But fans needn’t worry too much, as it seems they’ll still be able to catch Peter’s hilarious antics on the Car Share Christmas special, the BBC reports.
A spokesperson at the BBC confirmed that the finale of Car Share will be unaffected by the comedian’s news, as the shows have already been filmed. The last two episodes, one improvised, and a “special finale”, will be aired next year.
Peter Kay’s 112-date Live Arena Tour was due to start next April in Birmingham and was scheduled to run into 2019. It would’ve been his first tour in eight years.
The comedian holds the record for the biggest-seling comedy tour of all time after performing to 1.2 million people in 2010 and 2011. So when tickets for his latest tour went on sale in November, it was unsurprising that they quickly sold out.
Ticket-holders for the cancelled Live Arena Tour will be issued refunds from the original point of purchase.
Peter’s Twitter followers have come out with support and concern for the Car Share star and his family following the announcement.
“Absolutely gutted but totally understandable family first! Hope all is ok! Best wishes!,” said one fan.
“Thoughts are with you and your family Peter. You’re so right, family should always come first, love to you and yours,” wrote another.
Some fans have been unimpressed by the sudden cancellations, but have received backlash on social media.
“I think it’s quite evidently something major if he’s cancelling commitments as far in advance as 2019. He’s definitely going to be affected more than we as his audience are. A bit of compassion wouldn’t go amiss,” one fan Tweeted in response to unkind comments.