Where has Peter Kay been, why did he cancel his tour and how is the Car Share comedian doing?
30 December 2019, 07:02 | Updated: 30 December 2019, 09:06
Peter Kay was seen in public for the first time in a year on the bank holiday - here's everything you need to know about where he's been and what happened with the tour
Peter Kay disappeared from the public eye soon after cancelling his tour due to 'unforeseen family circumstances' in 2017. He has only been seen a couple of times since then.
He was recently spotted for the first time in eight months at the Pantomime of Peter Pan in Crewe over the weekend.
Before that, he was pictured on a tram tour in Blackpool on Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2019 - his first sighting since his appearance at a Car Share screening in April 2018.
But where has he been? And why has he disappeared from the public eye? Here's everything we know:
Why did Peter Kay cancel his tour?
He announced in December 2017 that he would be cancelling his first live tour in eight years due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'.
In a statement posted to Twitter, he wrote: "Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.
"This includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments," he continued.
"My sincerest apologies... I'm sure you'll understand that 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 the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I'm very sorry."
His Twitter account subsequently went silent, and he was scarcely heard from that moment on.
When did Peter Kay return to the public eye?
Fans went wild when Peter returned to Twitter in March 2018 to announce a charity screening of Peter Kay's car share. He was then seen on the stage of the Blackpool screening in April to introduce the episode to the audience.
He told the audience: "Thank you very much for supporting the Lily Foundation raising money for mitochondrial disease. Very kind of you. I appreciate it. Enjoy the last ever episode of Car Share.
"Don’t tell anyone the end. Or tell anyone about any hedgehogs."
When will Peter Kay be back on TV?
Peter Kay could soon be back on our screens in a brand-new TV show with the BBC following his prolonged break from public life.
The Car Share star, 46, is reportedly in talks with BBC bosses about a mystery project.
A TV source told The Sun: “A conversation has been had between Peter and the BBC. There is no rush and whatever happens will always be dictated by Peter but a new project has been discussed.
“It’s exciting news for Peter’s fans, who have yet to see the void left by Car Share filled.”
Peter Kay's tram trip in Blackpool
Peter was spotted over the bank holiday weekend in May on a tram tour around Blackpool, and even posed for pictures with the conductor and driver.
We do love a celebrity passenger on our tours, when we can't get one @PeterKay_co_uk will do instead! He kindly allowed a a photo with the driver and conductor on Boat 600 this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/jwBexnLsdd— Heritage Tram Tours (@BplHeritageTram) April 22, 2019
The tram company tweeted: "We do love a celebrity passenger on our tours, when we can't get one @PeterKay_co_uk will do instead!