Jeremy Clarkson almost lost his leg in farming accident ‘I didn’t walk properly'


Jeremy Clarkson has begun filming season two of his smash hit series Clarkson’s Farm for Amazon Prime. But farm life has not been without its dangers as Jeremy opened up on almost losing his leg in an accident during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show. In the interview, which airs on Saturday night on ITV, Jeremy told Jonathan he couldn’t walk for a week after the mishap. 

On this week’s episode of the ITV show, Jonathan will be joined by the likes of Gary Barlow, Sheridan Smith, Sting, Riz Ahmed and Jeremy Clarkson. 

During the star-studded instalment, Jonathan speaks to 61-year-old Jeremy about the launch of his new book titled Diddly Squat: A Year On The Farm. 

Speaking about his documentary series Clarkson’s Farm and accidents on the farm, Jeremy explained: “There are more accidents in farming than all the other industries put together. 

“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.’ 

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“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.”

Kaleb Cooper is Jeremy’s sidekick and he will be returning for the next series to help the former Top Gear host. 

With many moments of frustration from both Kaleb and Jeremy, the first season made for hilarious viewing.

Speaking about Clarkson’s Farm’s standout star Kaleb, Jeremy gushed: “He’s entrepreneurial, that’s how I’d describe him. 

“We’ve got this farm shop now. The 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.” 

When asked whether he’ll be investing in an electric car, Jeremy stated: “No, I’m not interested in electric. I like cars very much, they interest me and part of what I like in a car is the noise it makes and the vibrations and all of those things you don’t get from an electric car.” 


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Opening up to Jonathan about how the farming series came about, Jeremy admitted: “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 met Gerald [Cooper] 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.”

Jonathan also asked Jeremy if he had plans to move into the world of politics but Jeremy quickly quashed those rumours, saying: “No. They don’t get paid very much, Jonathan.” 

Later on in the episode, Gary Barlow and actress and singer Sheridan Smith joined Jonathan to discuss their new Christmas song called How Christmas Is Supposed To Be.

Gary explained: “We did 90 sessions in all over the two lockdowns. It was just brilliant. 

“The fun was the bit you didn’t see. The fun was calling up someone like Sting and saying ‘What shall we sing?’” 

The Jonathan Ross Show continues Saturday at 10.05pm on ITV and ITV Hub. 



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