Ian Somerhalder insists he was suffering from "end-of-season foggy brain" when he told fans The Vampire Diaries would end.
The actor, who has played vampire Damon Salvatore since the show began in 2009, reportedly told fans at the Walker Stalker Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (10Apr16) that they would shoot just one more series after the current season seven.
"We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice," he told the audience, according to the event's Twitter page.
However, a representative for the CW channel quickly dismissed Ian's comments, telling Variety.com that "no decision has been made" about the show's future.
The 37-year-old is now clarifying his remarks, explaining his words were taken out of context.
"Hey all, so... Last weekend I talked to an audience at a Q&A about the end of #TVD and how excited I was to make what I believe - my last year - be as great as possible," he writes on Twitter.com. "Somehow in my infinite wisdom and end-of-season foggy brain, I managed to make it sound like the show was coming to an end. Cut-to the press running stories that the show would be done after Season 8. Thing is, the people who actually make that decision (the CW and WB) haven't made it yet! So let's take things one step at a time: Season 7 wrap, vacation, lots of sleep, let the writers get started on Season 8, and then we'll all see where we go from there. Until then, much love ;)."
Ian's initial comments came just days after Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie Bennett, announced that season eight would be her last.
"But you know what, another season is a whole other year, and we're going to blow it out," Kat Graham added to Us Weekly last week (ends10Apr16).