Paddy McGuinness talks cancel culture in new career move after Top Gear hiatus

Paddy McGuinness announces 2024/2025 tour

Comedian Paddy McGuiness has revealed he’s set to go on tour for the first time since 2016. The announcement comes just weeks after bosses stated Top Gear would be going on hiatus.

Earlier this month (November 21), it was declared that the BBC’s monolithic car show would be rested for the “foreseeable future”. The decision comes after Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff was involved in a horror accident whilst filming late last year.

Following the announcement, Paddy, 50, broke his silence on social media and thanked fans for their support over the last four years. Sharing a slew of images from the show, the Bolton-born star wrote: “Thanks for all the love over the years folks, it was very much appreciated.”

Following the broadcaster’s decision to take Top Gear off air, Paddy has revealed that fans will have the chance to see him in the flesh soon. The Question of Sport presenter took to Instagram on Monday (4 December) to deliver the news that he is going on a stand-up tour.

Posting a video to his two million followers, Paddy said: “Hello my friends. Very special show news I’ve been dying to tell you this for ages and I can finally announce it.

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“I’m going back on tour! Paddy McGuinness: Nearly There Live. I’ll be coming to you live and direct in a theatre, in a city, or a town near you. And I cannot wait.”

The Phoenix Nights star will be embarking on a 40-date UK tour throughout 2024 and 2025. The first leg of the stand-up shows will kick off at King George’s Hall in Blackburn, before gracing the likes of the Sunderland Empire, Stoke’s Regent Theatre and Sheffield’s City Hall.

The penultimate show of 2024 will take place at Newcastle’s City Hall on November 30, before coming to its climax on December 1 at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. Paddy’s Nearly There Live tour will resume on February 13 2025 at Truro’s Hall For Cornwall.

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The second leg of the tour will see the forthcoming Inside the Factory presenter bringing his side-splitting jokes to Bath’s Forum, the London Palladium, and Blackpool’s Opera House.

Regarding the tour, the father-of-three said: “It’s been eight years since my last tour and there’s lots of things to laugh about! I’m looking forward to getting back in front of a live audience, along with running the gauntlet of cancel culture, click-bait and fake news!”

Tickets for Paddy McGuinness Nearly There tour go on sale this Friday at 10am.

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