Second, it doesn't matter. You know why? Because whether or not the three remaining "postponed" episodes of Top Gear ever air, Clarkson's contract—along with May's and Hammond's—is up at the end of the season anyway.

In other words, if the BBC wants to kill their Golden Goose (Top Gear and all its enterprises)- the three hosts can simply go start their own show. Its not like they would have hard time finding financing, talent or cars. Given their ratings, social media impact and international appeal, many outlets would drive a dump truck of cash to them. Don't forget the massive role Jezza played in making this version of Top Gear, so he knows how to do it. My money still is on Amazon or Netflix where they can say and do what they want.