Jeremy Clarkson reveals James May was nearly KILLED by a monsoon as they filmed The Grand Tour's fourth series in Vietnam and Cambodia

Jeremy Clarkson has revealed his presenting partner James May was nearly killed by a monsoon as they filmed Series Four of The Grand Tour.

In his column for The Sun the veteran presenter, 59, admitted they were forced to abandon shooting scenes for the new series in Vietnam and Cambodia, as James, 56, had to be rescued from a rowing boat in the South China Sea.

Jeremy's revelation comes after he confirmed that Series Four of The Grand Tour would see them shy away from the traditional live audience format, as he, James and Richard Hammond, 49, instead hit the road for a series of specials.

Terrifying: Jeremy Clarkson has revealed his presenting partner James May was nearly killed by a monsoon as they filmed Series Four of The Grand Tour

Terrifying: Jeremy Clarkson has revealed his presenting partner James May was nearly killed by a monsoon as they filmed Series Four of The Grand Tour

Jeremy explained that they originally planned to embark on a rowing trip across the South China Sea, which is famous for having such treacherous conditions.

But after learning about the extreme weather, they were forced to abandon the production, with Jeremy explaining: 'It transpired four people were killed an inch away from us. It's about the only time health and safety has made the correct decision.'

'I, of course, was fine, but May had to abandon ship as crew boats were filling with water.' 

The Grand Tour is expected to return to Amazon Prime Video sometime later this year, after Jeremy confirmed they decided to end the studio setting in favour of more travel-based episodes.

Close call: The presenter explained that James had to be rescued from a rowing boat after stormy weather hit the South China Sea where they were filming

Close call: The presenter explained that James had to be rescued from a rowing boat after stormy weather hit the South China Sea where they were filming

All three presenters have signed a two-year deal with Amazon that is expected to yield as many as four stand alone shows a year, with the presenters travelling to far flung parts of the world in scenes not dissimilar to their globe-trotting adventures on Top Gear.  

And fans can expect no-holds barred excitement when the specials do eventually air, with Jeremy claiming they have been given a huge budget to rival the Marvel film franchise.

Top Gear, which suffered a ratings drop following Jeremy's departure, is now hosted by Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff.

Epic: Jeremy, James and Richard Hammond (centre) have been filming the new series in Vietnam and Cambodia, as it abandons the audience format in favour of a series of road trips

During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Jeremy was asked if he was happy the show's ratings had taken a dip after his departure. 

Jonathan asked: 'On a scale of one to ten, how thrilled are you that Top Gear is nowhere near as successful now you're not on it?'

Jeremy grinned: 'It's a hard face to pull, this one. Let me try.' And then he pulls a laughing face.

He continued: 'James [May] and Richard [Hammond] always wish them all the best. I don't. No I do. [He shakes his head and mouths 'No I don't'.]

The Grand Tour airs on Amazon Prime Video.

Back soon: An air date for the new series is yet to confirmed, but all three presenters have signed a two-year deal with Amazon that is expected to yield as many as four shows a year

Back soon: An air date for the new series is yet to confirmed, but all three presenters have signed a two-year deal with Amazon that is expected to yield as many as four shows a year

Jeremy Clarkson reveals James May was nearly KILLED by a monsoon filming The Grand Tour

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