HE hosts Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, is one of Britain’s highest-paid TV presenters and has spent 30 years driving million-pound supercars.
But with his trademark faded Levis, 12-year-old Range Rover and a face and physique untouched by anything more extravagant than soap and water, Jeremy Clarkson is also one of Britain’s most grounded stars. Some might say “tight”.
He hosts Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, is one of Britain’s highest-paid TV presenters, Jeremy Clarkson is also one of Britain’s most grounded stars[/caption]
Take, for instance, his recent trip to Chanel.
He explains: “Shopping on London’s Bond Street is the biggest waste of money you can possibly imagine. We were in the Chanel shop and I lost my temper with them actually.
“I got my credit card out to pay, but wasn’t wearing my glasses so the decimal point wasn’t where I thought it was. Then I put my glasses on, only to find the decimal point was even further over — is she (the sales assistant) taking the p***?
“It’s just a bit of knitwear for f***’s sake — something old ladies sit and do for free.
A trimmed-down Clarkson with his stunning actress-turned-sculptor girlfriend Lisa Hogan[/caption]
“So I was quite cross about that. Anything with a designer brand is a waste of money.”
And, of course, those signature faded jeans of his — his version of Simon Cowell’s unwavering, monochrome v-necked T-shirts.
Does he, like Cowell, have a wardrobe crammed with identical designer denim? Er, no.
Instead the canny celeb — “don’t call me a ‘celeb’, I’m a journalist” . . .
Instead, the canny journalist shops just once a year for his customary look.
He reveals: “I go to the Levi store in central London every 12 months to do my annual shop, and three minutes later I’m done.
“It’s the best-run shop in the world. I go in there, point at the label and they get me three pairs.
“I maybe also buy a couple of T-shirts that don’t fit because I always buy them for what I think I look like, not what I actually look like.
“I put them on, and I look like Winnie the Pooh . . . so I’ve also wasted a lot of money on poor T-shirt purchases.”
However, the 59-year-old is a lot less Winnie than he once was, thanks to a recent 2st weight loss.
This, in part, is the influence of his stunning actress-turned-sculptor girlfriend, Lisa Hogan, who is 50 but looks 35.
Despite being worth a reported £18million, Jeremy is sticking with his down-to-earth look of faded Levis and T-shirts he never wears[/caption]
After our interview, they kindly let me gatecrash their romantic date night at one of London’s most exclusive restaurants.
Walking between 6ft 5in Jeremy and 6ft 1in blonde Lisa, I look like a Borrower.
“Keep up, Warwick!”, bellows Jeremy — after famously diminutive film star, Warwick Davis — as I frantically waddle behind them.
After our meal, The Sun columnist tells me how much he is looking forward to his upcoming third stint posing the questions on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which continues on ITV tonight.
After quitting the BBC’s Top Gear in 2015, Jezza went on to sign a reported £160million three-series deal with Amazon for The Grand Tour, alongside co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond[/caption]
Jeremy is genuinely passionate about the show. He says: “If Phillip Schofield was asked to do a programme on paving stones, he’d say, ‘I’ve always loved paving stones’, but I do actually love Millionaire.”
Asked who his dream guest would be, he retorts: “Jeremy Corbyn — he’s supposed to be thick, so get him on and have his phone-a-friend as Diane Abbott.”
Before filming, Jeremy — even funnier and sharper off-screen than on — had to brush up on TV’s health and safety guidelines.
Unsurprisingly, he’s not a fan.
Replying to woke eco-campaigners like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Jezza says: ‘So the more they speak about global warming, the more wholly unnecessary patio heaters I buy’[/caption]
He rants: “I had to read the new guidelines and there’s one that says there is electricity in the studio.
“It’s a f***ing TV studio. Without electricity there wouldn’t be any lights. No one would see what we were doing. I was watching the TV the other day and there was some bloke at the top of Nelson’s Column wearing a hard hat.
“What good is that going to do if he lands on his head? It’s constant. Madness.”
‘NOTHING FUNNIER THAN A CHAMPAGNE SOCIALIST’
Jeremy, previously married to his manager Frances Cain, with whom he has three kids, is now worth an estimated £18million.
After quitting the BBC’s Top Gear in 2015 following a scuffle with a producer, Jezza went on to sign a reported £160million three-series deal with Amazon for The Grand Tour, alongside co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond.
Jeremy is genuinely excited about presenting Millionaire[/caption]
Despite his wealth, he lives in a two-bed cottage in the Cotswolds, and drives one of two slightly battered old Range Rovers.
Both have diesel engines — famously, Jeremy is no eco-warrior.
Instead he quite literally basks in the satisfaction of knowing he owns a veritable assortment of patio heaters — once dubbed an environmental “obscenity” by former Labour energy minister Malcolm Wicks.
In the wake of climate protester Prince Harry’s recent private jet furore, what does he think about other gas-guzzling stars? “Well, Leonardo DiCaprio has sold his private jet, so that’s .0001 of a second longer the planet will exist,” he deadpans.
Jezza was once dubbed an environmental ‘obscenity’ by former Labour energy minister Malcolm Wicks[/caption]
“And Emma Thompson is hilarious — there is nothing funnier than a champagne socialist. Nothing on God’s green Earth.
“Whether you are a Labour MP with children at a private school or a green campaigner being driven to your TV studio to put your point across, it’s always funny.
“I feel the need to offset some of the waffle spoken by these people about the environment.
NEVER KNOWINGLY PC
“So the more they speak about global warming, the more wholly unnecessary patio heaters I buy.
“I have loads and loads of patio heaters — I don’t like to walk around outside without having some form of artificial warmth.”
Never knowingly PC, Jeremy is baffled by modern labels such as “pansexuality” — meaning a person who is attracted to someone unconstrained by gender.
He sighs: “Pansexuality? I’ve read about it. Isn’t that the same as being bisexual? Bisexual covers it, man or woman.
“If it’s pan it can only mean animals, gerbils and God knows what. We used to have epidemics. Now we have pandemics. So if you’re pansexual and you’ve got a dog, the RSPCA needs to pop round and have a word.”
With his towering frame and booming baritone, Jeremy — whose Grand Tour was recently named the planet’s second most streamed series behind Friends — is one of the country’s most recognisable stars.
‘F**K OFF’ TO SELFIES
He is, he says, stopped around 100 times a day for a selfie — “I say no unless it’s a child and then I say ‘No, f*** off!’” — but seems remarkably unchanged by fame.
His big 6-0 is next year and he thinks he will throw a house party to celebrate.
But Jeremy won’t be having any “tweakments” like many male broadcasters of his generation.
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“Er, no, of course I haven’t had Botox,” he splutters, looking at me like I were a simpleton.
“And no, no one has ever suggested I get my teeth whitened, or have filler.
“The worst I’ve ever had was a producer telling me ahead of this new series to get a haircut.
“I said, ‘You do know what’s happening in Syria, don’t you?’ But I did get it cut, not that you’d notice the difference.”
Never change, Jeremy, never change.
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is on ITV tonight at 8pm.
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