The Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson was told by doctors he could have died following a bout of pneumonia.
The former Top Gear presenter was on holiday on the Spanish island of Mallorca when he began to feel ill before being admitted to hospital with the illness.
Now, Jeremy has opened up about the frightening (and often boring) experience in his latest Sunday Times column, saying he spent ‘three nights spasming in my bed’ before a doctor ordered him to hospital for a series of tests.
However, when Jeremy was told that he would need to be admitted to hospital ‘for at least one week’, the hard-working TV presenter said it was impossible – only for the doctor to say, ‘If you don’t do as I say you will die’.
‘I’m sure many of you will have found yourself in hospital, not having planned to be there. But for me it was a new experience. And a weird one. Because I was in a room with nothing on the walls except wallpaper, and most of that was coming off,’ he wrote.
Although Clarkson has now left the hospital, he has been ordered to recuperate for two months following the illness – something that he says he will struggle with.
‘This is the problem with hospitals. People who stay in them become institutionalised and incapable of speaking about anything other than what nurse brought what drug at what time. Boredom turns them into bores,’ he added.
‘And when they get out, as I have, and there is nothing to do for two whole months apart from get better, things are even worse, because all I can talk about is my illness.’
Clarkson announced news of his illness last week, saying he would be ‘out of action for quite some time’.
Posting on DriveTribe, The Grand Tour’s social media site, he said: ‘Thanks for all the good wishes. And to keep you up to date, I’ll be out of action for quite some time apparently. It’s really really annoying because I’ve never had one day off work since I started in 1978.’
A spokesperson for The Grand Tour said at the time: ‘Jeremy Clarkson was admitted to hospital on Friday morning during a family holiday in Spain and is being treated for pneumonia.’