Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he almost lost his leg in an accident on his farm.
The Grand Tour star has turned to agriculture in recent years and has taken over the running of Diddly Squat Farm, which has been documented in the series Clarkson’s Farm.
And he admitted it hasn’t all been plain-sailing.
Discussing farming accidents on The Jonathan Ross Show, Clarkson said: “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.’ I actually got Kaleb (Cooper) to go in and 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.”
The TV star, 61, also shared that the documentary series came about almost by “accident”.
He said: “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 met Gerald, who is my head of security. I’d met them and thought they were a really interesting bunch of people who you rarely see on television. Everyone is larger than life and they’re not. I thought what a lovely programme it would be to try and learn to be a farmer.”
“I genuinely love it out there,” he added.
The Jonathan Ross Show is on Saturday at 10.05pm on ITV and ITV Hub.
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