Jeremy Clarkson admits he made a ‘stupid decision’ with farm after retirement claim

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Jeremy Clarkson, who is best known for being a presenter on The Grand Tour, made a U-turn on his television ventures after purchasing his own farm in 2008. The former Top Gear presenter has since launched a new Amazon Prime series, Clarkson’s Farm, which follows the car enthusiast’s trials and tribulations of running a 1,000-acre farm.

The 61-year-old revealed that his big purchase didn’t come without its challenges in a new interview.

The journalist and broadcaster revealed that another man used to farm his land on his behalf over a decade ago.

Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show, Jeremy explained: “I have had a farm, quite a big farm, a 1000 acres, since 2008. A man farmed it for me. Then he said, ‘I’m retiring’.

“So I thought, I’ll do it myself, which is the stupidest decision.”

Jeremy admitted he believed farming his land would only be a part-time job before he revealed the real reason he named the farm Diddly Squat.

The small-screen star revealed that he barely earns anything from his latest endeavour.

“I thought it was a part-time thing… ended up calling it Diddly Squat because that’s how much you make from farming,” Jeremy finished.

The new Prime series, Clarkson’s Farm, follows his first year in farming as he contends with exceptional weather, disobedient animals, unresponsive crops and an unexpected pandemic.

Jeremy and his long-term girlfriend Lisa Hoga also own their Diddly Squat Farm Shop in addition to farming their land.

Jeremy lives on his farm with his girlfriend Lisa and her children.

He is father to two daughters and one son from his marriage to manager Frances Cain.

The star split from his second wife in 2014, after 21 years of marriage.


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Before that, he was wed to Alexandra James in 1989, but the pair split soon afterwards.

Meanwhile, Jeremy recently opened up about his fears of turning 61 after he revealed any of his friends and family passed away at that age.

The Grand Tour host celebrated his birthday in April but thoughts of mortality weighed heavily on his mind.

“Everyone I know dies at 61,” Jeremy commented. “All my friends did, my dad did, that’s when you go, ‘If I make it to 62, I’ll be here forever.'”

He recalled how he looked at his dad when he was the same age, admitting he believed he was an “old man”.

“But I don’t feel old,” he shrugged as he spoke to The Mirror.

He added: “But old people don’t look like we think they should.”

The Jonathan Ross Show airs tonight on ITV at 9.30pm.

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