Jeremy Clarkson reveals he nearly lost his leg in the Diddly Squat ranch accident

Jeremy Clarkson revealed that he narrowly escaped losing his leg in an accident Cotswolds Farm.

The presenter recently starred in Clarkson Farm, who saw him grow crops and tend cattle on the land he owned in Chipping Norton.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show about his new book Diddly Squat: A Year On The Farm, he revealed that there are “more accidents in agriculture than all other industries combined.”

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Explaining his own experience, the 61-year-old said, “I’ve got this thing called telehandling, it’s like a JCB thing. I thought ‘I’m just going to use his front to push the post in.'”

“He got halfway to the ground and the fence was leaning on him and turned back. How did he not dislocate my leg… I hadn’t walked properly for a week. That was a quarter of a ton of fence posts.”

Clarkson bought the farm in 2008 and was run by a villager, but when he retired in 2019 Clarkson decided to see if he could manage it himself.



Jeremy Clarkson at Diddly Squat Farm, the subject of his Amazon TV series
Jeremy Clarkson at Diddly Squat Farm, the subject of his Amazon TV series

Speaking about how his documentary series turned out, Jeremy said, “It was a coincidence. I was contractually obligated – I had to make a program on my own. I thought ‘I’m a little tired of Terminal 5. I’m going to shoot at home on the farm.'”

“I thought it would be a great program to try and learn how to become a farmer. I really like it there.”

Ross told the show’s superstar, Caleb Cooper, the big presenter: “He’s an entrepreneur, that’s how I describe him.

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“The [farm] The shop was a huge success and so we had to mow a field near it so people could stand there and it’s really a mud bath. Caleb is now going up and charging £15 to pull their cars off people.”

Also in the episode, music legend Sting shared details about his and his wife Trudie’s encounter with a ghost in their house.

“My wife and I saw a ghost one night,” Sting said. “I didn’t really believe in them but I woke up and saw a woman and a child standing in the corner of the room.”

I thought, ‘Why is Trudy standing there with our baby? “Then I got there and there it is. I woke up and saw the exact same thing.”

The Jonathan Ross Show airs Saturday nights at 10.05pm on ITV and the ITV Hub.

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