Jeremy Clarkson reveals Andy Wilman suffered a relapse of coronavirus

Jeremy Clarkson reveals his The Grand Tour producer Andy Willman has suffered a relapse of coronavirus after two weeks in bed the first time round

  • The Grand Tour producer had Covid-19 six weeks ago but still suffers the effects
  • Wilman, 57, says the coronavirus pandemic stopped the show’s trip to Russia 
  • Jeremy Clarkson worries Boris Johnson will also be suffering from side effects 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Jeremy Clarkson has revealed Grand Tour producer Andy Wilman suffered from coronavirus twice after spending two weeks in bed, delaying filming of the show.

The former Top Gear producer, 57, and lifelong friend of Jeremy Clarkson said he suffered ‘the worst thing… ever’ when he had the disease.

He revealed the coronavirus pandemic slowed the progress of the show’s Madagascar special and derailed plans to film in Russia in March.

Mr Wilman said the virus kept him in bed for ten days and he was unable to edit the show’s special, which was filmed six month ago.

Jeremy Clarkson (centre-left) has revealed Grand Tour producer Andy Wilman (centre-right), 57, suffered from coronavirus twice after spending two weeks in bed

Mr WIlman says ‘I have had the plague. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever had — ever’. The show, featuring Clarkson, Richard Hammond (centre) and James May (left), had a trip to Russia cancelled because of the pandemic

He said: ‘I have had the plague. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever had — ever.’ 

The show is being edited remotely and he said they will deliver their finished cut to Amazon in the next two weeks.

Jeremy Clarkson wrote about Mr Wilman’s illness in a column for The Sun yesterday, saying it made him question Boris Johnson’s health.

The former Top Gear presenter, 60, said Mr Wilman continues to suffer with side effects six weeks after recovering from the disease.

Jeremy Clarkson says Mr Wilman ‘was never back up to full speed before the virus came again’

Clarkson says Mr Wilman’s experience makes him ‘wonder about Boris Johnson’ and whether he is fit enough to work

He said: ‘Happily, he recovered without having to go to hospital, but he was never back up to full speed before the virus came again. 

‘I had a Zoom call with him this week and it was like talking to a sea lion. All of which makes me wonder about Boris Johnson. 

‘Yes, he’s up and about and yes, he says he’s fit enough to work. But is he really?’

Clarkson said Mr Wilman ‘was barely able to breathe’ in a Youtube quiz he hosted in April.

He said: ‘He coughed his spleen out on a number of occasions, he was very, very, very poorly.’

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Jeremy Clarkson insists new farming show will go ahead despite coronavirus

Jeremy Clarkson has hit back at claims that his new farming show has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The former Top Gear host responded to a report on Twitter suggesting that his show titled I Bought A Farm had been ‘put on hold’.

But after denying all claims he simply said: ‘No it hasn’t’.

Clarkson, began filming his eight-part Amazon Prime series in September 2019.

The 59-year-old opened his own farm shop in February this year, allowing the first lot of fans to try out the produce he had grown on Diddly Squat farm.

And in his new show, fans will follow him attempting to run his own 1,000-acre farm in Oxfordshire.


What could possibly go wrong?

The Grand Tour host has been growing his own crops on Diddly Squat farm for a year, and his fans were all invited to stop by and pick up a bag of potatoes (cheaper than Aldi, apparently), or try some drinks which have ‘no s**t in [them]’.

Georgia Brown, director of European originals at Amazon Studios, said: ‘Jeremy is one of Britain’s finest exports and I think I speak for the entire nation when I say I can’t wait to see what will happen when he turns his usually petrol-covered hands to life on a working farm.

‘We’re excited to bring this latest UK produced Amazon Original series to Prime Video viewers around the world next year.

‘ Wishing you lots of luck Jeremy… what could possibly go wrong?’

Amazon has yet to announce when I Bought The Farm [working title] will be released in the UK.

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