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 Renner accuses ex-wife of taking $50K from their daughter’s trust fund for her ‘personal use’ – The Sun

MARVEL star Jeremy Renner has accused his ex-wife Sonni Pacheco of misusing over $50,000 in funds from their daughter's savings account.

In court documents filed a week ago and seen by People magazine, Jeremy alleges that the 29-year-old admitted in emails to "transferring funds from the minor’s trust account to her personal account in violation of the Court’s Order".

The emails were reportedly sent to Jeremy’s business manager, Jeffrey Jacobs, in April 2019 and Sonni stated in the email: "The money transfers to my bank were to keep my afloat/provide [the minor] Christmas presents/birthday gift bags and essentials for her bday party – after all my savings were spent on lawyers/child custody evaluator."

Later in the documents, Jeremy claimed that Sonni also emailed Mr. Jacobs later in 2019 regarding a separate transaction, writing: "Please note the number of $10,701.40 was taken out of this account to pay my property taxes for 6 months.

"Once again this year like the past years, mine and [A.R.]’s savings have been drained from attorney fees."

In response, Sonni shared a statement that read: “I am sick of being continually bullied, having my name slandered, and the truth muted.

"Anyone, who is a parent knows that the most important thing in the world is their child’s health and safety.

"Over the years it's hard to fathom what I’ve seen and what people have told me they’ve seen in regards to Jeremy's disturbing actions while our child is in his care.

“Unfortunately, these actions have landed me in a position to need to retain legal support, undergo a child custody evaluation, and now have a plan parent coordinator."

“It is hard for me to stay muted because, after all this time, money, and energy spent putting safety measures in place to keep our daughter safe while once again in Jeremy's care, these measures are still being violated as of today," she added.

Jeremy, 49, has also accused Sonni of misusing $20,000 from the trust fund to pay attorney's fees in August 2019, followed by a further $12,000 transfer a month later to also pay attorney's fees.

The two first met in Vancouver in 2012 while shooting Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Their daughter, Ava, was born in March 2013 and the pair wed in January 2014.

He filed for divorce less than a year later, citing irreconcilable differences, and the pair share custody of Ava.

In March 2020, Jeremy filed court papers to request his child support payments be lowered, accusing his ex-wife at the time of using this money as "slush fund" for her own luxury spending and expensive legal battle with him.

The Academy Award-nominated actor is worth about $50M after appearing in blockbuster franchise including Marvel's Avengers, Mission Impossible, and The Bourne Legacy.

He reportedly told the court he was expecting to lose income after Hollywood projects shut down amid the virus outbreak.

In an interview Sonni later gave to Daily Mail, she called her relationship with Jeremy "seven years of hell" and claimed her finances have been depleted from her custody battle

She said: "All of my savings and Ava's savings have been drained due to lawyer fees, as my concerns for Ava's safety have been an ongoing battle for years now.

"I have, and will always choose to protect Ava when I find out about disturbing behavior exhibited by her father at his homes that put her in danger."

The pair's ongoing court battle has become even more bitter in recent years.

In 2019 Sonni accused the action hero of drink and drug-fuelled rages, while pals described his voracious sexual appetite.

In court papers, Sonni – who is also an actor – claimed Jeremy left cocaine on the bathroom counter within reach of little Ava.

She has been backed up by three of his ex-girlfriends, who claim ­Renner would leave bags of cocaine around his bathroom, hold sex parties in which he had ­threesomes, and even set up a Snapchat account in his daughter’s initials for the sole purpose of exchanging dirty pictures.

One ex, Carmen Orford, told how Renner would send her X-rated videos and pictures of him touching himself and would text that he wanted to “punish” her.

She claims he was high on cocaine when she first visited him at home yet he introduced her to Ava within minutes.

Jeremy had denied the claims, alleging that Sonni forwarded his nude selfies to one of the officials looking into the very poisonous custody battle, to cause him “extreme embarrassment”.

In legal documents, he also argued that Sonni was obsessed with his sex life, despite them divorcing five years ago, and that she is exposing Ava to “dark, graphic, sexual material on a daily basis” with her erotic sculptures.

He has also called SOnni bitter and greedy, and says she has an “overwhelming obsession with demonising” him.

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Jeremy Lin: Beijing’s new coronavirus world, shocking Knicks gesture

Former Knick Jeremy Lin, who rocketed to stardom in the spring of 2012 with a furious run that became known as Linsanity, bounced around the NBA for several years before landing with the Beijing Ducks of the China league. He takes a shot at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby.

Q: What’s the new normal like in Beijing?
A: All the malls and restaurants and everything are open, so a lot of stuff is getting back to normal. There’s a lot of traffic everyday, everyone’s back to work. In general though, some of the things that have changed is, I don’t think people are as ready to just be all the way out and about in terms of like you go to restaurants, and you may only see people in groups of 2-4, you don’t see big parties of 6, 8, 10. Big-group gatherings like concerts or sporting events or nightlife, those things aren’t really happening. And then everyone is wearing a mask, 100 percent people are wearing masks. Those are a few ways that things have changed, but in many ways, things are very reminiscent of what things were like before.

Q: How often have you been tested?
A: I got tested before quarantine and after quarantine, and honestly, anywhere you go any time, every restaurant, every mall, everything everywhere, every time I enter my apartment, I get my temperature checked, too. They’re constantly monitoring. You can’t go and eat at a restaurant without leaving all of your information, and there’s this app that shows your body temperature and whether you had symptoms and where you’ve been the last 2-4 weeks. I mean, it tracks basically everything that you’re doing and where you’re going, and you have to show that and update that every time you go anywhere new.

Q: Were you in the States when the Wuhan outbreak happened?
A: When Covid first broke out, we still had games going in the CBA. And then when it got a lot worse in China, I was taking my vacation for Chinese New Year. And then I went back to California, and then that’s when it got really, really bad in China, and then I was in California for two months. And after like six weeks in California, then Covid got really, really bad in the U.S. and really bad in California, and then everything went into lockdown.

Q: How long have you been back in China?
A: I came back on March 18.

Q: What is it like being a Beijing Duck?
A: It’s amazing. Being in Beijing is the closest thing to what Linsanity was like in New York. The fan reception here, all of our road games are home games, and there’s times where I can’t even make it to my hotel on the road, I can’t make it to the hotel elevator ’cause there’s just so many fans, and it’s like a mob. And so there’s just so much love out here, and I’m really blown away. It’s genuinely the closest thing to Linsanity in New York.

Q: Do you think there will be an NBA season, and what would an NBA season be like without fans?
A: I’m not sure if there’ll be an NBA season, although I would say from reading the news recently, it seems a little bit more likely seeing that there’s been progress in some areas. I think without fans, the players will adjust. I think at the end of the day, the players have been in quarantine or lockdown, and a lot of people haven’t been able to touch the court. So honestly, I think playing with no fans, everyone will be grateful for it. And I think basketball will be really meaningful because the entertainment that the world wants, but they don’t have right now, and so even if they’re playing without fans, I think every player would realize like, “This is some of the most meaningful basketball we can play.”

Q: MSG Networks has a full day marathon of “Linsanity” games on Sunday, nine games total, starting at 10 a.m. capping Linsanity Week.
A: My initial reaction was … really? I was just like really shocked, for multiple reasons. The first thing that kind of shocked me was that in all of Knicks history, they chose this portion. And I’m like, “Hey, look, I get it, it was a fun time, but I only played 35 games, and I don’t even have like 1,000 career points for your organization.” But they chose this stretch of time, and I was just blown away. And then secondly, another reason why I was like really? is because I was just kind of like, “Wow, the Knicks are treating me so well that they’re willing to do this. And I haven’t really had much interaction or anything with the organization since everything ended eight, nine years ago, but to be able to be a part of this.” … It’s not just like they aired the game and that’s it. We’re in constant communication, their team and my team every single day, we have a whole game plan, we have stuff that we’re doing, and for me the only thing that I’m seeing is that the Knicks just want to inspire and help and uplift the entire community, the New York community. And to me it’s like so genuine-hearted, and it’s such a privilege to be a part of.

Q: Why do you think you captured so many imaginations in New York, and all over the world, really?
A: I think in New York ’cause it happened there, for sure, and I think the context, the background, everything leading up to it, maybe some of the disappointment that Knicks fans have gone through in terms of maybe seasons in the past where it didn’t turn out the way they had wanted, or even during that stretch — I think we were 2-11 before the breakout game. And so, I think just the context of it added to it. I think the different elements of the story, being undrafted, being cut twice, going to Harvard, being Asian-American, doing it in MSG, which is like the best arena, with the biggest fan base in the NBA … I mean, there were so many elements of it — the perfect storm. It came right after the lockout, too … just so many elements that were so captivating. I don’t say that like, “Look at me,” I say that more like, “I can’t believe all this happened,” like I couldn’t control most everything that happened, and how the storm was built up.

Q: What are your three favorite memories of that time?
A: Man, my three favorite memories … first off, I would have to say … can I give four (laugh)? The first one is the corner baseline shot against the Lakers, and I always describe this moment is when I hit that 3-pointer, it was the loudest I’ve ever heard an arena, and I remember it felt like I was hovering like half a foot off of the arena floor. I will never forget that, I’ve never experienced anything like that on a basketball court. And that was in the fourth quarter, that was a dagger.

And then of course the game-winner against Toronto for obvious reasons. It was a road game that was a home game, that might be my most significant or more remembered single play in forever, for the rest of my career. Another thing that I really remember was the Bible study that we had, we had a Bible study in Toronto on the road, and there were quite a few members, and for me it was just awesome for everyone to … we’re NBA players, and we’re used to a high level of success and things like that, but everyone on that team, and there were so many people at the Bible study. We all kind of came to realize the same thing that like this is supernatural, this is different, this is not your normal situation, this is not your normal NBA season. And I think for us, we had a Bible study and we were just kinda sharing a lot of things where we were like, “Man, this is supernatural. This is a miracle.”

And then lastly, after my knee injury, and I was rehabbing, we had already lost in the playoffs, but I was still rehabbing, and then I remember at that time I was really scared and I felt like was in this little like fishbowl and the spotlight was just far on me, there was paparazzi everywhere, I didn’t know where to go, I couldn’t do anything. But one night me, my older brother and my little brother, we snuck out, and we went to like an outdoor court at like 10 at night or something like that, and we just messed around and played 21 and H-O-R-S-E and all these like smaller games. And at that time, my knee wasn’t like all the way ready but our season was already over, and so I was just kind of playing around with them, and I remember just feeling so alive like, “Oh man, I’m outside, I don’t have to wear a hat or I don’t have to hide or anything ’cause it’s so dark.”

Q: Any regrets about the way it ended with the Knicks?
A: I’d say there no regrets, man. I’m just a personality where it’s 100 percent always, both feet in, and I gave everything I had. I did everything I could, and I’m not the only one, right? Like our whole team did that, and we were far out of the playoffs and we fought all the way back in and we went through all the media scrutiny and everything, and we still got to the playoffs. And we went through so many injuries — Amar’e [Stoudemire] was out for a while, we lost Baron Davis, [Mike] Bibby, Toney Douglas, Shump [Iman Shumpert], me, Melo [Carmelo Anthony], Tyson [Chandler] … everybody was injured that season, and we all like rallied. And so, for me, I know I gave everything, so I don’t really have any regrets.

Q: Whatever comes to mind: Former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson.
A: Energy.

Q: James Dolan.
A: New York Knicks.

Q: Amar’e Stoudamire.
A: Smile.

Q: Mike Breen.
A: Classy.

Q: Landry Fields.
A: Homie.

Q: Can you mediate the feud between Dolan and Spike Lee?
A: Can I mediate it (laugh)?

Q: Would you mind?
A: Do I have that capability?

Q: Spike Lee.
A: Passion.

Q: Your quote: “We have it in us to be the light, because there are already millions choosing to be the light every day.” What is it about you that makes you choose to be the light?
A: For me, it’s my faith. I think it’s real simple, for me I feel like Jesus has sacrificed on the cross, and resurrection has given me unconditional love, and I always feel like I truly have received unconditional love, if I truly received and understand it, then I would have love that can overflow to other people. I just feel like God has given me so much love that I can pass it on to other people and that’s really what it means to be the light. I’m just trying to do my best to promote positivity and to promote love and grace and reconciliation in a time where division is rampant.

Q: Who are some of the people who inspire you, who have been the light amid the darkness?
A: First and foremost, my family. My older brother I’ve always really looked up to and had kind of taught me what it means to be a man. Being a man isn’t benching 225 [pounds], or having a Rolex or the next car or whatever. Being a man is learning how to love people well, how to lead through humility and service. Even my mom is teaching underprivileged children for free, and tutoring them, and she’s been doing that all year long. Even right now she’s still doing that, even as most of the world is shutting down with COVID, she’s still helping and tutoring underprivileged kids who are really, really behind in academics.

Q: And the first responders and the frontliners in this war.
A: Oh, man. If you’re talking about people that I don’t  know, yes, for sure. If you read these stories, these firsthand accounts, you read about letters that some of these frontline workers are writing, to policy-makers, or you hear about some of the stories of some of the medical workers who have passed away, or some of the miracles or the lives that they’ve saved … and that’s just through an article, it’s not like we’re there seeing it live. That is absolutely inspiring.

Q: How is your family?
A: My family’s doing great. Everyone’s healthy, so I’m really, really happy about that. How about you?

Serby: Thank God, so far so good.

Q: Do you know people, friends or others, personally affected by the virus?
A: Yeah, but not anything crazy. Everybody that I know has recovered. It is kinda scary, but yeah.

Q: What does Linsanity mean to you now looking back on it?
A: I’m starting to understand more and more the impact that that stretch of time had. And it’s becoming I’m increasingly more grateful for.

Q: What would be your message to Asian-Americans?
A: Stand strong … be united … stand up for yourself … but also, don’t only stand up for Asian-Americans. My message would be to stand up for injustice, period. I’m not knocking or making light of this current situation, because everyone knows I’ve stood out and taken a stand alongside Asian-Americans. But I do think the long game for Asian-Americans and for us is to really be able to be united, have a voice, and then speak up for ourselves, but also to start speaking out for other oppressed groups as well. And I think when we really get there, I think will be a catalyst for a lot of social justice and a lot of change.

Q: Your message to America?
A: My message to America would be to keep fighting, and to remember that we’re all in this together. Division will only make it harder, but if we unify, we have so much potential to do so many good and great things. And so I would say just remember that we’re all in this together … and so I would I say: Be the light.

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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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