Jeremy Clarkson Feared For His Life When Held At Gun Point

Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he was once held at gunpoint and thought he was going to die.

Now, this probably won't come as a surprise for most people, what will shock you however is the fact that he managed to talk himself out of it.

Yes, apparently, the more he spoke the less the gang wanted to shoot him.

The motormouth presenter was doing some filming for a television show in 1997 when they were confronted by a gang member with a machine gun, in Detroit.

The 58-year-old returned to the scene of the crime for the new series of The Grand Tour and recalled the harrowing moment he and his crew were ambushed.

He said: "Somebody held a gun against my head in Detroit. It's a long, complicated story but we were trying to do some filming and some people thought we were trespassing on their turf.

The quick-thinking presenter managed to talk himself out of the dangerous situation. Credit: LADbible
The quick-thinking presenter managed to talk himself out of the dangerous situation. Credit: LADbible

"It was pretty nasty. And this time, 100 yards from where that happened, I was having dumplings in a goose broth."

Understandably, Clarkson and the rest of the production team were left reeling from the near-death experience.

Speaking to the Mirror, an insider from the incident revealed that the former Top Gear host used his charm to get out of the sticky situation.

They said: "Jeremy was filming in a ruined railway station but was warned by cops not to go inside as there were warring gang factions operating. But he ignored the advice and was surrounded by gangs. Thankfully, he talked himself out of the situation."

Clarkson and the gang are back soon with the third series of 'The Grand Tour'. Credit: PA
Clarkson and the gang are back soon with the third series of 'The Grand Tour'. Credit: PA

The dramatic revelation will appear in the opening episode of the new series of The Grand Tour which will see Clarkson, Richard 'the hamster' Hammond, and James May test out three powerful American Muscle cars; a Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3, a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and a Hennessey Exorcist Camaro.

After returning to Detroit for the first time since that fateful event, Clarkson said: "I'm sure if you actually lived there you wouldn't call it interesting, you'd call it dangerous.

"But the chrome shoots of rejuvenation are growing again so you can actually eat quite well there, you can stay in a nice hotel, you can go short distances from A to B without being shot."

The new season will also see the trio also head out to China and Mongolia.

Earlier this week the outspoken Clarkson stirred the pot when he claimed that men don't get any jobs at the BBC anymore and should instead just head 'down the bar' for a pint, claiming women get preferential treatment.

He said: "Poor old Nick Robinson going for an interview for Question Time - what a waste of petrol that was. No chance he's going to get that... Anyone who's got a scrotum, forget it... They aren't giving jobs to men at the moment."

"There is an argument that it's been all men for a long time, so what's wrong with it being all women for some time? I get that. That's fine. It's just as men we have to accept we've had it."

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Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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