Jeremy Clarkson reveals he nearly died from pneumonia in hospital | Media

Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he was told by doctors he could have died after battling pneumonia.

The Grand Tour presenter fell ill earlier this month while on the Spanish island of Mallorca and has written about his time in hospital in his Sunday Times column.

He wrote that he had “three nights spent spasming in my bed” before a doctor sent him for tests at the hospital. He was then told he would have to be admitted for at least a week, which he called impossible. The doctor said: “If you don’t do as I say you will die.”

The TV presenter said: “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.”

Clarkson has now left hospital, but faces two months of recuperation. He said: “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.

“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, posting on Drivetribe that he would be “out of action for quite some time”. “It’s really, really annoying because I’ve never had one day off work since I started in 1978,” he said.

The illness comes two months after his co-host Richard Hammond was airlifted to hospital when his car crashed while filming The Grand Tour.

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Jeremy Clarkson admitted to Mallorca hospital with pneumonia | Media

Jeremy Clarkson is being treated for pneumonia after being admitted to a hospital while on holiday in Mallorca.

The television presenter was admitted on Friday, during a family trip to the Spanish island.

In a tweet, Clarkson, who is 57, told Jemima Goldsmith that he was “in a wheelchair, connected up to tubes, in a hospital”.

The Grand Tour host, who has recently displayed a penchant for wearing bracelets, posted a picture of his arm on Instagram showing hospital identity tags around his wrist, with the caption: “Not the sort of bangles I usually choose on holiday.”

Clarkson was on a break with his family after shooting the Amazon Prime show with co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May when he became ill. The presenter had planned to return to work after his holiday.

A spokesman for the show confirmed Clarkson’s condition and that he was being treated in Spain.

The incident comes two months after Hammond was airlifted to hospital when his car crashed while filming for the show.

The 47 sustained a fractured knee but was said to have been seconds from being incinerated after the £2m electric supercar he was driving in Switzerland plummeted down a hill, flipped over and burst into flames.

Clarkson was dropped from Top Gear in 2015 over what the BBC called an “unprovoked physical attack” on producer Oisin Tymon.

He later said that he had had a cancer scare two days before the assault but later got the all-clear.

Clarkson apologised to Tymon after settling a £100,000 racial discrimination and personal injury claim.

His Top Gear co-presenters Hammond and May quit the BBC after Clarkson’s departure.

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