Clarkson's Farm's Kaleb Cooper discusses his new book
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Kaleb Cooper, 24, plays an advisory role to Jeremy Clarkson on his hit Amazon Prime show Clarkson’s Farm – but when it emerged he had failed to win a single gong at the NTAs, the devastated looking reality star declared he’d rather be back in a field. Accustomed to the Cotswolds and working in farming since his school days, Kaleb had traded in the countryside for a night of glitz and glamour at the ceremony, but looked thoroughly relieved to be going back home.
“Get me home,” he yelled repeatedly in a video published to his 1.1 million Instagram followers, urging his guest to “go, go, go, go, go!”
The star, whose book The World According To Cooper was released yesterday to coincide with the awards bash, then captioned a photo with a tractor emoji, quipping: “Get me back in the middle of a field!”
It has been less than 18 months since Kaleb first exploded onto the entertainment scene, with the first series of Clarkson’s Farm hitting Amazon back in June 2021.
Meanwhile, just weeks ago, the Chipping Norton local hadn’t even known what the NTAs were, jokingly quipping he’d expected he was getting a nod at the National Tractor Awards instead.
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However, the ceremony, which is regularly branded TV’s “biggest night of the year”, had nominated Clarkson’s Farm in the Factual Entertainment category, placing the show head to head with the likes of Dame Prue Leith’s Great British Bake Off.
Meanwhile, Kaleb was lauded in the “expert” category for his farming knowledge, meaning he’d been in the running for multiple awards.
“I got really excited about taking my tractor – unfortunately, I can’t do that,” he had joked in a thrilled Instagram message at the time.
“Clarkson’s Farm and myself [are] in the ‘Expert’ category next to Sir David Attenborough,” the star continued.
“So, David, we made it together! Again, my vote definitely goes to you.”
After the adrenalin rush of the nominations, there was an anti-climax as it was revealed that the Expert award was won by neither Kaleb nor his nature documentary idol.
Instead, it was offered up to money-saving expert Martin Lewis, who has been helping the nation beat the cost of living crisis with his hints and tips on drastically reducing energy bills.
Clarkson’s Farm also missed out on the big time, after the Factual Entertainment Award went to Channel 4’s Gogglebox.
Earlier this week, Kaleb branded Jeremy Clarkson “dangerous” for his lack of knowledge when it came to his profession.
He told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on the This Morning sofa that his on-screen co-star’s skills had scarcely improved at all over the past year.
“How I could describe it now is that he has little knowledge and that is very dangerous,” he bluntly disclosed.
Jeremy is unlikely to be shocked by his admission, as the pair’s no-holds-barred banter has been capturing the entertainment world since the show first debuted.
Kaleb has, on occasion, been forced to drag Jeremy’s £40,000 Lamborghini tractor out of ditches, before scoffing that, to Jeremy, the valuable equipment is just an “ornament”.
He didn’t hold back on calling him a “idiot”, either, while Jeremy was getting to grips with the undoubtedly challenging lifestyle of a farmer.
“I’m a farm manager. I’m the boss. It’s Kaleb’s Farm, secretly,” the 24-year-old quipped to The Times.
However, while Jeremy might lack farming skills, in turn, Kaleb lacks knowledge of the entertainment world – and he’s admitted he’d never read a book until picking up his co-star’s project, Diddly Squat: One Year On the Farm.
The content might not encourage him to expand his bookshelf, tthough, as it featured colourful insults about him.
Despite his disappointment at the NTAs last night, some expect that Kaleb will be in for a follow-up nomination next year.
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