on Friday issued a statement designed to dispel recent rumblings - ignited by comments made by
Edward James Olmos
and, to a lesser degree, fellow cast member
- proclaiming the upcoming fourth season to be the series' last. "For those of you who have been paying attention over the years, this is not the first time Eddie has made an announcement about the possibility of the show's end," Eick said. "I promise you that when [executive producer] Ron [Moore] and I make a decision about
's future, we'll let you know."