Clippy is flattered by all the attention but plans to continue his retirement.Diego Ponce Cornejo commented
I spent many hours investigating the Microsoft agents (that's how Clippy and his gang were called => Genius, Einstein, Ridondo, Rocky, etc.) and I learned how, using macros, they could be made to talk, move and interact with questions for Mark and other crazy things that occurred to me.
Why deprive users of this? Why make my research hours go to the water? If someone did not like to use or see the agents, it would have been easy to come hidden by default but not remove the functionality.