Jeremy Clarkson Almost Lost His Leg In Accident At Diddly Squat Farm
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Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he almost lost a leg in a farming accident, saying he 'didn't walk properly for a week' after a run-in with some machinery.
Clarkson, 61, bought Diddly Squat Farm back in 2008, and recently decided to try his hand at farming after the man running it retired.
He's been documenting the journey in Amazon Prime series Clarkson's Farm, showing viewers the ups and downs of farming life.
We know things haven't exactly been smooth-sailing for the star, despite receiving a helping hand from locals including Kaleb Cooper, 22, and Gerald Cooper, 72.
In fact, it turns out he almost lost his leg in one incident involving a 'JCB thing'.
In tomorrow night's episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, we hear how Clarkson's been navigating an industry fraught with hazards.
"There are more accidents in farming than all the other industries put together," he told Ross.
"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 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."
Clarkson also recalled how his docu-series - which has been renewed for a second season - came about, saying this was also an 'accident'.
He 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 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."
Clarkson praised the show's standout star Kaleb Cooper, saying the youngster is 'entrepreneurial'.
"We've got this farm shop now," he said.
"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."
Watch The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday 27 November at 10.05pm on ITV. It will also be available on ITV Hub.