Later this month, James May will return with a new episode of his Amazon Prime series, Our Man In Italy. Following the success of Our Man in Japan, the Grand Tour host will take viewers across the pond where he will explore what Italy has to offer. When the 59-year-old isn’t filming for his solo show, you can find him with friends Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond filming for The Grand Tour. The trio previously presented the BBC show Top Gear.
Over the years, viewers have watched as the presenters faced multiple challenges, many of which were dangerous.
Earlier this year, it was reported that James felt unwell while filming Top Gear.
According to co-star Phillipa Sage, James was suffering from what he then suspected was chest pains from a heart attack.
However, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk and other members of the press, James dismissed the health claims.
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“Oh no, that was years ago,” said the presenter when asked about his health.
“This is crap. I didn’t have a heart attack, it was probably the result of excessive drinking to be honest.
“For the most part, the paramedics are bored, they have nothing to do, and they’re like, ‘Ah, here’s a chance to try our entire kit.’
“I’m very grateful, they’re making sure you’re okay, but I didn’t think I was having a heart attack.”
When asked if he’d shed the pounds eating Italian, he admitted, “Not quite.
“The problem is a combination of three things. The food in Italy is very good, two, there’s always tons of it wherever you go and they talk about it all the time.
“It’s a cliché, but it’s totally valid… and the third is when I was home, especially during the pandemic and whatnot, I did quite a bit of exercise and I rode my bike every day.
“When we got to Italy I took a folding bike with me, but I didn’t get as much opportunity to ride it, so I did about a twentieth the exercise I would normally do.”
“Yeah, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I got a little fatter towards the end and I still am,” he added.
James went on to recall that filming the series was “a little bit messy.”
“It’s all a bit messy because it’s Italy… that’s another cliché, but they’ll be the first to acknowledge it,” said the car enthusiast.
“Italy has a certain disorganization, but everything works.”
James May: Our Man in Italy premieres July 15 on Prime Video.