‘We have made the difficult decision’: Dan and Eugene Levy announce cancellation of Schitt’s Creek Farewell Tour due to COVID-19 surge
Hollywood father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy announced on Friday, August 20 that they had made the ‘difficult decision’ to cancel the Schitt’s Creek Farewell Tour.
The Canadian sitcom stars took to social media to reveal the news as they spoke about concerns over the ‘health and safety’ of their fans amid the COVID-19 surge.
The multi-city tour had first been announced back in March 2020 — at which point it was postponed on account of the pandemic — but in their joint statement they teased they would ‘try and find a way’ to make it happen ‘in the future.’
‘Difficult decision’: Dan and Eugene Levy announced in a joint statement on Friday, August 20 that they would be cancelling the Schitt’s Creek Farewell Tour amid a COVID-19 surge after a previous postponement
The statement was addressed to their ‘incredible Schitt’s Creek fans’ and spoke to their sadness at having to let their loyal viewers down again.
‘When we postponed Schitt’s Creek: The Farewell Tour we had every hope and intention of traveling to see you later this year. However, despite our best efforts to reschedule while keeping your health and safety at the forefront, we’ve found that state and local mandates vary too widely to do so in the near future.
‘So, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all tour dates that were scheduled pre-pandemic,’ the statement continued, while promising a full refund ‘immediately.’
The pair signed off: ‘We’re so sorry to be missing you, and we will continue to try and find a way to see you in the future.’
Statement: ‘We have made the difficult decision to cancel all tour dates that were scheduled pre-pandemic,’ their joint statement read in excerpt as they promised a full refund for those who had bought tickets
The stars of the multi-award winning show — including The Levys, Catherine O’Hara (Moira), Annie Murphy (Alexis), Emily Hampshire (Stevie Budd), and Noah Reid (Patrick) — were set to make appearances in cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
Though the series was a bit of a sleeper hit that first premiered on CBC (a local Canadian broadcasting network) in 2015, the show quickly built momentum and garnered a huge following once it hit Netflix.
The sitcom tells the story of the Rose family: a wealthy family who goes broke and moves into a motel they purchased as a joke in a small town called Schitt’s Creek.
The once upper echelon foursome is forced to adapt to small town life and integrate with blue collar folks, as they continue to navigate an existence they thought was beneath them.
New life: The sitcom tells the story of The Roses: a once wealthy family who goes broke and move into a motel they purchased as a joke in a small town called Schitt’s Creek
Award wins: In 2020 the show cleaned up at the Emmys with seven wins, breaking the record for most wins for a comedy series in a single year, and snagged an additional two for casting and costume design
The sixth and final season of the show premiered in 2020 and coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, which helped to bring more eyeballs to the show which provided immense comic relief.
In 2019 the show was nominated for four Emmys but won none, however in 2020 it cleaned up at the award show with seven wins, breaking the record for most wins for a comedy series in a single year.
It won two more Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Costume and Outstanding Casting bringing the total to nine.
At the 2021 Golden Globes the cast walked away with Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy and O’Hara picked up one for Best Actress.
The cast: (pictured left to right) Dustin Milligan, Annie Murphy, Jennifer Robertson, Sarah Levy, Eugene Levy, Emily Hampshire, Dan Levy, Noah Reid and Catherine O’Hara; pictured January 2020