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The controversial TV personality was warned by a doctor that a lump on his tongue “was probably cancer”, but refused to have any kind of immediate treatment because he was too busy on the show.
Writing in the Sunday Times, he admits: "Two days before the 'fracas' I'd been told, sternly, by my doctor that a lump on my tongue was probably cancer and that I must get it checked out immediately.
The “fracas” refers to is the on-set incident he had with one of the show’s producers, Oisin Tymon, which an investigation later discovered involved verbal abuse as well as a 30-second physical attack.
He goes on to write: “That was the most stressful day I ever had in 27 years at the BBC.
“It was beyond-belief stressful, everything was going wrong. But everybody has stressful days, and they manage to cope better than I did.”
Jeremy has since been given the all-clear by doctors, and is now adamant that he will return to presenting in some form.
He insists: “I loved [‘Top Gear’] like my own child… I felt sick because after I'd lost my home and my mother, I'd thrown myself even more vigorously into my job and now, idiotically, I'd managed to lose that too.
"I have lost my baby but I shall recreate another. I don’t know who the other parent will be or what the baby will be like, but I cannot sit around any more organising my photo albums.”
Last week, it was reported that Jeremy would be making his return to the BBC just weeks after his most recent scandal to guest host an episode of ‘Have I Got News For You’, though it was later confirmed that he had pulled out of the presenting job.