Apparently, the Olive Garden Manager of Media Relations is not an authorized spokesman for the company.
That role seems to be reserved for the DIRECTOR of Media Relations.
In any event, that's what Olive Garden wants us to believe now.
Hard to keep track of Olive Garden's definite response to the calls by www.FireDavidLetterman.com for advertisers to drop sponsorship of Letterman until he's held fully accountable for his disgraceful statements.
The latest, according to Olive Garden's DIRECTOR of Media Relations appears to be a finely parsed statement along the following lines (I'm using my own words here):
We didn't cancel our ads on Letterman for the rest of 2009. We are merely following our original schedule, which didn't include any planned advertising after June 15, 2009 anyways. We might advertise later in 2009 on his show but we might not. Depends. Sort of. Maybe.
Politico has a great follow up story you can read here.
I just left a message on the voicemail of the Olive Garden Director of Media Relations asking him to contact me and give the exact statement of the company on this issue. I promised him in my message to post his response verbatim at our website, www.FireDavidLetterman.com .