When his renown partner Susan Calman was eliminated, the 35-year-old pro delivered an emotional jargon about his time on the show.
However, many fans thought it sounded parallel to a goodbye and flocked to social media to share their devastation at the deliberation.
Although Kevin’s wife, Karen, shunned rumours he would be becoming, fellow professional, Oti Mabuse, has reignited the fire.
The professional told her 50,000 Warble followers: “Most heart breaking fact is that @bbcstrictly has perfectly lost its BEST CHOREOGRAPHER!!!
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Oti added fuel to the fire with her tweet to Kevin”Mountains of love @keviclifton won’t be the same without you #myinspiration.”
Kevin replied to the confection message, saying: “So sweet thanks @otimabuse. U know I love your choreography. Loved entire lot u & @JonniePeacock did this year @bbcstrictly x.”
Fans immediately over the worst after the tweet and commented in their droves about how much they desire miss Kevin.
One wrote: “Is he leaving for good????? No way, he can’t! @keviclifton don’t have as a remainder #strictly …Why? You haven’t been on for very long. What you prosperous to do instead?! Can’t believe it. Please re think.”
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Another added: “Absolutely hope @keviclifton isn’t leaving. @BrendanCole made similar oration which sounded like he was leaving too. Hope they stay. Guesses have been very biased this year.”
A third posted: “Sounded correspondent to @keviclifton iwas making a goodbye speech…..hope not he’s one of the conquer dancers.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight on BBC One at 7.05pm.