UK Top Gear fans were despairing the show might be over, when Jeremy Clarkson finished an episode of Series 13 with the words, “This feels like an ending.”
Twitter was awash with fears that Clarkson had delivered a veiled message to fans, hinting that the show’ reign might be over.
But the BBC has allayed their concerns, saying saying it would have made a public statement in advance if the franchise was concluding.
Clarkson had been taking the new V12 Aston Martin Vantage out for a spin through country fields, commenting on how such cars may have had their day in a world where economic pressures and safety concerns are more of a focus than enjoyment and style.
After Clarkson noted, “This feels like an ending,” one blogger asked: “Did I just hear a eulogy for the programme that’s built around the beauty of the car, a beauty that Jeremy’s just said is itself coming to a forced and bitter end?”
A BBC spokeswoman insisted that Clarkson’s closing remark referred to the car and not the show.