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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Jeremy Clarkson in hospital with pneumonia

Star of the Grand Tour fell ill while on a family holiday in Spain after shooting the Amazon Prime show with co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May

Jeremy Clarkson posted a picture on Instagram of a cannula in his arm
Jeremy Clarkson posted a picture on Instagram of a cannula in his arm

Jeremy Clarkson, star of The Grand Tour, has been admitted to hospital after falling ill with pneumonia while on holiday in Spain.

The television host and motoring journalist fell ill while enjoying a family break on the island of Mallorca after shooting the Amazon Prime show with co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May.

The trio are former hosts of the BBC programme Top Gear, who signed with Amazon for The Grand Tour after Clarkson was fired for punching a producer in a dustup while filming.

In a social media post which showed his sense of humour was very much still intact, Clarkson uploaded a photograph on Instagram showing a cannula and hospital ID attached to his arm, with the caption: “Not the sort of bangles I usually choose on holiday.”

It is unclear whether the 57-year-old’s bout of illness will delay filming for The Grand Tour, which he was due to resume upon his return to the UK.

Clarkson’s hospital admission comes just two months after Grand Tour co-host Hammond was airlifted to hospital after crashing his car during filming for The Grand Tour.

The 47-year-old was lucky to escape with only a fractured knee after the electric supercar he was driving in Switzerland crashed and burst into flames.

It was the second close call for Hammond who almost died when he crashed while filming for Top Gear in 2006.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, toured the world filming episodes for the 13-episode first season of the Amazon Prime show, with stops in California, Lapland and Nashville.

Ending the first season in Dubai, their giant mobile studio tent was set up at the base of the Burj Khalifa during their visit at the end of last year. In addition, Hammond was spotted filming a stunt in Downtown Dubai, during which he drove what appeared to be a tank over a roundabout.

The final episode showed a traffic-free Sheikh Zayed Road being used as a race track for a contest between a Bugatti Veyron and a Porsche 918.