The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Grand Tour host has revealed his fears of impeding death – as many family and friends passed away at the age he is now.
The former Top Gear host admitted turning 61 in April has made him think much more about his mortality.
He said: “Everyone I know dies at 61. All my friends did, my dad did, that’s when you go....If I make it to 62, I’ll be here forever.
“When dad died, I thought of him as an old man, but I don’t feel old.
“When I see myself on screen I think, ‘Who’s that?’ I always expect a 19-year-old to be looking back at me. But old people don’t look like we think they should.
“When my generation is in old people’s homes we’re not going to be dancing to Vera Lynn, it’ll be White Riot by The Clash.”
He survived Covid-19 at Christmas and enjoyed time in bed watching James Bond films and drinking wine as he recuperated.
He said: “I was worried because I’m overweight, I have smoked half a million cigarettes and I’ve had double pneumonia, so I’m a poster boy for bad Covid.
"I spent the first day Googling, ‘Can you drink?’ and I found one website that said you could, so I took a case of wine to the bedroom and some Bond films, and in the end, it was mild.”