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​Peter Kay cancels first tour in eight years

British comedian Peter Kay has cancelled his first tour in eight years due to family problems.

13th December 2017
/ By Matthew Whitehouse

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Peter Kay has cancelled his upcoming UK tour due to unforeseen family circumstances. 

The Phoenix Nights star issued a statement, earlier today: "My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first.

"I've always endeavoured to protect my family's privacy from the media. I hope that the media and public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again I'm very sorry."

Kay announced the "Have Gags, Will Travel" tour dates last month, saying that he missed touring: “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. 

“As terrifying as it is, when it works there's nothing more fun and exciting. Plus, a lot has happened in the last eight years, with Trump, Twitter, and my Nan getting her front bush trimmed at the age of 96. I can't wait to get back up on stage.”

The Phoenix Nights star was due to appear in London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Belfast, Glasgow and Dublin, with DJ slots at Dance for Life events for Cancer Research UK.

His tours are a hit with critics and fans, with his first DVD "Live at Bolton" holding the record for biggest-selling British stand up DVD, broken by his follow up "Mum Wants a Bungalow".

His last tour "The Tour That Didn't Tour...On Tour" was in 2010, and was watched by 1.2 million people.

Peter Kay's BAFTA-winning Car Share will return for additional episodes next year.