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Nick Offerman addresses his missing mustache: It was only a 'tool'

Nick Offerman visited TODAY Tuesday morning — at least most of him did.

The mustache that had been a fixture on his upper lip throughout his "Parks and Recreation" run was conspicuously absent, and TODAY anchor Willie Geist had to ask about "the elephant in the room."

Or not in the room, in this case.

"Any chance it's coming back? Will we see it again?" Geist wondered.

"Someday," Offerman said after considering the question. "I'm a character actor, so that was something I used for my character."

And his work as the mustachioed Ron Swanson came to an end when the final "Parks and Rec" episode aired earlier this year.

"That job is over, so that tool is hung up in the toolbox for a while," Offerman explained.

(Left) Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson. (Right) Nick Offerman on the TODAY show May 26, 2015.

In other words, he's in no hurry to get hairy again.

Watch the clip to see what else he had to say on TODAY. And for even more from Offerman, check out his latest book, "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America's Gutsiest Troublemakers," in bookstores now.

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