Shaye told the New York Times that he made those comments "in a moment of emotion"... but had no regrets, other than the regret of "losing a friend."
Interestingly, he declined to say whether or not The Hobbit would be made with Jackson, even though he made clear that he'd not work with him any longer. He also wouldn't say whether Spider-Man director Sam Raimi had been asked to helm The Hobbit.
Lastly, Shaye confirmed that there was no workable script yet for The Hobbit, even though he intends on releasing it in 2009. This is the first anyone's heard of any actual timeframe for the Lord of the Rings prequel... but with it's status so far up in the air we can barely see it, I'm not too sure two years is even realistic.</p><p>Don't forget to <strong><a href="/petition/">Sign the Petition</a></strong> to let the world know what you think about the possibility of Peter Jackson not directing The Hobbit!