- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2017

Jeremy Clarkson, the co-host of Amazon’s car show “The Grand Tour” will have to park himself for a while as he recovers from a recent nasty bout with pneumonia, contracted while he was vacationing in Spain.

Chances are he won’t like it one bit.

“I was running one hell of a fever. I had almost no breath at all and even less energy, but all I could think was: ‘I am dying of boredom here. Literally dying,’” Mr. Clarkson colorfully described his brief hospitalization in his Aug. 13 column for the Sunday Times.

The 57-year-old former TV journalist and current smoker said in the same column this marked the first time in his life he’d ever been hospitalized, and that a hospital physician’s warning of imminent death made him relent from his usual stubborn course.

Now out of the hospital, the ex-BBC “Top Gear” host can expect to be in neutral for about two months as he continues to recuperate, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Oddly enough, Mr. Clarkson’s column detailing his bout with pneumonia came out the same day as reports that “Grand Tour” co-host Richard Hammond was finally back in the driver’s seat after recovering from fracturing his knee in a June car crash.

While in his Sunday column Mr. Clarkson all but bragged about his good fortune from ailment and injury prior to his pneumonia, Mr. Hammond is no stranger to critical care.

Eleven years ago, Mr. Hammond suffered a traumatic brain injury in a “Top Gear” filming segment when the vehicle he was driving flipped over at high speed. 

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