19 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Jeremy Clarkson said he considered not doing any more television work, but then told himself to “stop being silly”
Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he thought he probably had cancer at the time he hit a Top Gear producer.
In his Sunday Times column, he said the incident came on his “most stressful day… in 27 years at the BBC” – but that other people facing stress “manage to cope better than I did”.
He told the paper he later got the all-clear over a lump on his tongue.
He was dropped from Top Gear in March over what the BBC called an “unprovoked physical attack” on Oisin Tymon.
In his column, Clarkson wrote: “Two days before the ‘fracas’ I’d been told, sternly, by my doctor that a lump on my tongue was probably cancer and that I must get it checked out immediately.
“But I couldn’t do that. We were in the middle of a Top Gear series. And Top Gear always came first.”
The 55-year-old also described his obsession with the Top Gear job, especially after the break-up of his marriage and the death of his mother, and the “enormous” sense of loss he felt after his contract was not renewed.
“It was an all-consuming entity, a many-tentacled global monster that was dysfunctional and awkward and mad but I loved it with a passion. I loved it like my own child,” he wrote.
“I felt sick because after I’d lost my home and my mother, I’d thrown myself even more vigorously into my job and now, idiotically, I’d managed to lose that too.”
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond presented Top Gear together from 2003
Source:: BBC Entertainment