Jeremy Clarkson chomping through anti-smoking gum

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 August 2017
Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson has been chomping through anti-smoking chewing gum in a bid to stop him from reaching for cigarettes

Jeremy Clarkson has been demolishing 10 packets of anti-smoking chewing gum a day.

The 'Grand Tour' presenter decided to give up his chain-smoking habit, which saw him puff on 40 cigarettes a day, earlier this month after he was rushed to hospital with severe pneumonia while holidaying in Majorca, Spain, with his family.

But it looks like he's having a tough time staying on the straight and narrow as he took to his Instagram account yesterday (30.08.17) to share a photograph of 10 empty packets of the gum, which is used as an aid in nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

He accompanied the shot with the caption: "Busy day."

But it's no wonder Jeremy has turned to chewing to help keep him occupied as he recently admitted he considered suicide while in hospital because he was so bored.

He said: "I'm sure many of you will have found yourself in hospital, not having planned to be there. But for me it was a new experience. And a weird one. Because I was in a room with nothing on the walls except wallpaper, and most of that was coming off. And I was in there for an hour, on my own, with absolutely nothing to do. The boredom was so bad I thought often about killing myself."

Meanwhile, Jeremy's battle with the lung condition has meant he will be out of action for "some time" while he recovers from the infection and bosses of the motoring show are on a desperate hunt to find a temporarily replacement host to help film the series.

Amazon Prime - the video streaming site that airs the series - have posted an advert online in a bid to find someone who can step into Jeremy's shoes for a while.

The ad read: "Amazon Prime Video is seeking a host for an original TV series to be seen around the world. Currently, this is a temporary position to cover an absence due to pneumonia. The successful applicant will join a long-established team of variously sized co-hosts and possess a strong knowledge of cards, metaphors and progressive rock music. The host will have a proven track record in effectively dealing with colleagues that they find annoying and being lost in unknown locations.

"They must be entertaining, engaging and willing to pause before delivering the final words or words of some sentences."

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