Jeremy Clarkson suffers shop ‘disaster’ as he talks ‘attachment’ to animals reared on farm

The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson unveils ‘A Massive Hunt’

Jeremy Clarkson, 60, shared that he initially had a “disaster” when he planned to open his Diddly Squat Farm Shop earlier this year, realising that all he had to offer customers was potatoes. The star also discussed the “attachments” he can sometimes form with the lambs that he has helped to deliver on his farm, before having to remind himself they are “not pets” when it comes time to slaughter them.

Might sound heartless

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy addressed his mistake of growing potatoes and not much else for his shop, as he explained: “That was a disaster, that’s how little I knew about farming when I started.

“It was ready to be open in February, and all I had grown were potatoes and nothing else!”

However, he admitted that he now does have expertise when it comes to birthing the lambs he sells for produce in his shop.

Jeremy divulged: “I did birth them myself, I did the whole rubber glove job on a number of them.”

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When asked if he ever gets emotionally involved with the animals, he answered: “Yes, I do get attached to them, but it is a business and I do love roast lamb. 

“So there’s no point crying. You have just go to throw yourself into the fact that you are growing food not pets, but they are sweet when they first go in the fields,” he added on the Adam Jaye podcast.

Speaking on times where he has been in “troubled” environments for work, Jeremy shared that he takes his feelings out of the equation.

He continued: “It may sound heartless to say but I subscribed myself to something Rowan Atkinson once said.

“I think he was in character on Not The Nine O’clock News, when he just said, ‘Isn’t life tragic?’

“And the truth of the matter is, life is tragic,” he concluded.

It comes as the motor expert revealed that The Grand Tour had begun filming when coronavirus seemed to be “receding”, but the crew quickly realised that there would need to be a number of changes to how things were done.

The motor expert stated that he had to maintain a “six-foot” distance from his colleagues and could not touch anything on set unless it had been sterilised first.

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Jeremy revealed: “In the summer, when it seemed as if the virus were receding, we decided to fire up The Grand Tour machine and head north of the border to spend a week or so watching Richard Hammond crash into things.

“I’m not suggesting for a moment that Amazon has a Terry but, my God, the rules of engagement it supplied were dizzying.

“We were to take our own testing lab on the 1,000-mile journey and the key players were to be tested every day, after filling out an online form that began by asking if we’d been tested before. ‘Yes. Yesterday’.

“Everyone on the crew had to maintain a distance of six-foot from one another, which is pretty tricky when you’re in a car. And anything anyone touched had to be sterilised before someone could touch it again,” he added to The Sunday Times.

The guidelines provided meant that locks were taken off the cars used to film, and hosts provided “their own screwdrivers to break in” with.

Jeremy continued: ”The cost of meeting all these requirements was enormous. And that’s before we get to the fact we had to take over entire hotels, rather than rooms, and fly on our own plane.”

Once they arrived in Edinburgh to begin shooting, the cast was provided with COVID swabs by a “burly man” and luckily all 50 crew tested negative for the virus.

Episodes of the show have now been postponed from airing until next year after the delay to filming, however Jeremy has remained busy, as he hosts brand new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? episodes over the festive period.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? airs on ITV tonight at 9.15pm.

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