Jeremy Clarkson has revealed the terrifying side of running a farm, sharing he narrowly escaped losing his leg following an accident.
The Clarkson’s Farm star is charting his journey growing crops and looking after livestock on his Cotswolds property for his Amazon Prime show, and isn’t shying away from showing the harsher side of life on the land.
And, according to The Grand Tour host, there are ‘more accidents in farming than all the other industries put together’.
Explaining his own experience on the Jonathan Ross show, Clarkson, 61, revealed his own near miss: ‘I got this thing called a telehandler, it’s like a JCB thing. I thought “I’ll just use its front to push the post in”.
‘It got halfway into the ground and the fence was leaning on it and it flicked back. How it didn’t take my leg off… I didn’t walk properly for a week. This was a quarter of a tonne of fence post.’
Clarkson – who has released new book Diddly Squat: A Year On The Farm – bought the property in 2008 and it was run by a villager, but when he retired in 2019 Clarkson decided to see if he could run it himself.
Speaking about how his documentary series came about, Jeremy said: ‘It was an accident. I was contractually obliged – I had to make a programme on my own. I thought “I’m slightly bored of Terminal 5. I’ll film at home on the farm.”
‘I thought what a lovely programme it would be to try and learn to be a farmer. I genuinely love it out there.’
Telling Ross about the show’s standout star, Kaleb Cooper, the former Top Gear presenter added: ‘He’s entrepreneurial, that’s how I’d describe him.
‘The [farm] shop is a huge success and consequently we’ve had to mow a field near it so people can park there and it’s really a mud bath. Kaleb now goes up and charges people £15 to tow their cars out.’
Also in the episode, music legend Sting shared details about his and his wife Trudie’s encounter with a ghost in their home. Because you can’t say this show doesn’t have range.
Sting said: ‘My wife and I saw a ghost one night. I didn’t really believe in them but I woke up and I saw a woman and a child standing in the corner of the room.
‘I thought ‘Why is Trudie standing there with our baby?’ And then I reached over and there she was. She woke up and saw exactly the same thing.’
The Jonathan Ross show airs on Saturday night at 10.05pm and on ITV and the ITV Hub.