Jeremy Clarkson opens up on ‘financial disaster’ ahead of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
10th July 2021

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire returns to ITV this month with Jeremy Clarkson back in the hot seat. Though, in an interview about his latest Amazon Prime series Clarkson’s Farm, the former Top Gear presenter suggested financial problems of filming the show led him to return to Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Jeremy has had numerous ups and downs since purchasing his 1,000-acre working farm in the Cotswolds, but 21-year-old farm manager Kaleb Cooper has been by his side to guide him.

In a new interview, the presenter discussed the many trials and tribulations of working daily on a farm, as well as the financial strain.

Jeremy admitted he thought it would be easy to learn farming until he tried to do it himself.

Fortunately, he explained he was able to keep the farm going due to his other television work like The Grand Tour.

“In my head I’m trying to do all sorts of thins going into the future,” Jeremy began.

“There’s a circulatory to everything and it all starts to make sense to me financially in every way.

“You grow the lamb, you sell it in the shop, you grow the wheat, you sell it in the shop, durum or whatever it might be. Barley, I’ve got some very exciting ideas on that.”

He continued: “Just seeing if I can make this farm work because last year whenever there was a financial disaster, I’d go and host Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

“But not every farmer can do that. I still can’t understand why my lambs cost more than lambs from New Zealand.

“I don’t understand that. I want to get to the bottom of that and I don’t understand how can supermarkets, if we grow it, mill it and sell it, how can supermarkets be cheaper than that?”

Jeremy documented his learning on the series, as well as how he and his farm management team handled the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

As the Covid crisis hit, he told farm manager Kaleb he was “scared sh*tless” he wouldn’t survive.

“I’m pushing 60, smoked a quarter of a million cigarettes, and had pneumonia,” he explained.

However, health wasn’t the only concern as the host was concerned about the farm during the tough times.

Jeremy was however, surprised he and Kaleb were listed as key workers, so they kept a safe distance and continued to work.

But the worry didn’t stop there as they had to keep a diary incase anyone caught the virus and died.

Meanwile, as food shortages plagued the nation, Jeremy decided to open his Diddly Squat Farm Shop to help out.

Unfortunately for the new farmer, he didn’t make a big a profit as he hoped from his endeavours. 

“Last year, we made £226,000 from crop sales — that’s before any costs,” he detailed. 

“And this year’s 137,000, so £90,000 lower from the same area. And then there’s £68,457 of costs. So you’ve made £144 profit from the arable farm.”

Fortunately for Jeremy he will be able to collect his salary from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire which returns on Saturday 10 July.

The new series will be followed by another helping of Jeremy as he hosts It’s Clarkson on TV.

Clarkson’s Farm is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video, while Who Wants to Be a Millionaire returns to ITV on July 10 for six episodes at 9pm.

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