Tom Jones details why Mel Brooks ‘slammed phone down’ on him during hospital call

Gogglebox: Tom Jones discusses his mobile phone

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Sir Tom Jones has spoken candidly of his health battles in recent years. Now, the musician has revealed the details of private conversations with Mel Brooks following his hip replacement.

He slammed the phone down, that’s so funny to me!

Sir Tom Jones

The Voice UK coach, 81, now says he’s feeling “pretty fit” adding that he has “good bones”.

But in 2017, the Sex Bomb hitmaker underwent a hip replacement after saying the cartilage in his hips had “gone” and the bones had started “crunching together”.

The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, but people with rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, bone dysplasias and hip fractures may also qualify for it.

Now, the musician has spoken of the time Mel attempted to make him laugh while in recovery.

In a new interview, Sir Tom revealed that Mel, 94, called him on a daily basis to check in on his recovery.

“When I had a hip replacement in the hospital, he called me every day telling me, you know, ‘How’re you feeling?’ but he’d say something funny to make me laugh because he knew I was in pain.”

Sir Tom went on to tell the AV Club: “At the end of a lot of calls, he’d sort of say, ‘Are you in pain now?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I am,’ and he said, ‘Well, you see, those doctors, they lie because they say, ‘Oh, you’re going to be up walking in four days,’ b******t, you just got a new hip!”

While Sir Tom says he doesn’t know if Mel has had any surgical procedures, he added that he had “gone through things himself”.

The Welsh-born legend added: “At the end of the conversation, sometimes he’d say, ‘So you’re feeling all right now, are you?’ and I say, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’m good. Thanks a lot.'”

“And he goes, ‘Well, you know, I’ve called you again today and I don’t know really why I call you, because I don’t even like you’.

“And then he slammed the phone down, that’s so funny to me!”

Speaking about his operation, Sir Tom previously told The Mirror: “Years ago my sciatic nerve was giving me trouble in my hip and it felt like the same thing, it was a pain you couldn’t get rid of, like a dull ache, I thought it was that.”

He went on: “So the physiotherapists I was seeing over the summer were all working on it, I was feeling OK, but they said I needed to get it scanned to see what’s going on.

“I said I would once I got back to London, I didn’t miss a show because I was leaning more on my right leg, it was getting on and off the stage that was giving me trouble, you can’t limp onto the stage, you have to try and make an entrance.”

Sir Tom added: “So I knew I had to do something about it. I got back to London and my surgeon said the cartilage is gone in my left hip, the bones are just crunching together.

“You have to keep walking, just two days afterwards and you’re up walking, in the pool, I was at the London Clinic and they’ve got a rehab facility there.”

Last week, he won over the hearts of social media users when he revealed he used a flip phone.

While appearing on Celebrity Gogglebox alongside singer Anne-Marie, Sir Tom admitted that he shunned away from smartphones after Anne-Marie said she used an iPhone.

“I’ve got a, it’s a flip phone!

“You know, you can do a lot of things, you can text me but I don’t text because I’m dyslexic and I don’t spell well, I read, no problem,” he said.

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