Jeremy Clarkson had a brush with death after a gang member held a gun against his head in Detroit.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson

The 58-year-old TV presenter had the weapon pointed at him in a hairy moment when he was filming 'Top Gear' years ago, but he was reminded of the incident when he returned to the city to shoot a scene for motoring series 'The Grand Tour' with co-stars Richard Hammond and James May.

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.

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

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Jeremy was filming 'Top Gear' 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."

The former 'Top Gear' host returned to Michigan's largest city to film a feature on American muscle cars, and believes the "dangerous" city's safety has improved slightly since his horrific ideal because you can now "stay in a nice hotel" and go short distances safely.

He 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 latest series sees the pals visiting Chongqing in China, and Colombia.

The 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' host said: "There's a trip across Colombia where we have to try and get from one side of the country to another, without being eaten by any animals."

'The Grand Tour' airs on Amazon Prime Video on January 18.