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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