Finally, on the day that he was scheduled to make the big announcement, Amelio called Jobs in. He needed an answer.
"Steve, do you just want to take your money and leave?" Amelio asked.
"It's okay if that's what you want." Jobs did not answer; he just stared.
"Do you want to be on the payroll? An advisor?" Again Jobs stayed silent.
Amelio went out and grabbed Jobs's lawyer, Larry Sonsini, and asked what he thought Jobs wanted.
"Beats me," Sonsini said. So Amelio went back behind closed doors with Jobs and gave it one more try.
"Steve, what's on your mind? What are you feeling? Please, I need a decision now."
"I didn't get any sleep last night," Jobs replied. "Why? What's the problem?"
"I was thinking about all the things that need to be done and about the deal we're making, and it's all running together for me.
I'm really tired now and not thinking clearly. I just don't want to be asked any more questions."
Amelio said that wasn't possible. He needed to say something.
Finally Jobs answered, "Look, if you have to tell them something, just say advisor to the chairman."
And that is what Amelio did.
The announcement was made that evening -- December 20, 1996 -- in front of 250 cheering employees at Apple headquarters.