Michael Scott to leave The Office before season end

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According to various reports from the TCA press show this week, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) will leave The Office before the season finale.

  • TV Line: Steve Carell will be leaving before the season finale; his final episode will air before May sweeps. Executive producer Greg Daniels is expected to write Michael’s final episode. Kathy Bates will return as Jo Bennett to pick Michael’s replacement. The season finale is planned to be 1 hour.
  • HitFix: Alan Sepinwall reports that Michael Scott will leave with four episodes left in the season; Holly Flax will leave two episodes before Michael leaves. The final four episodes will center on who might replace Michael, including possible external candidates. Among the current cast, there are three contenders: Andy, Dwight, and Darryl. Todd Packer (David Koechner) is scheduled to appear in another episode and sit at Michael’s desk. Whoever the replacement ends up being, the show will not center around that character the way it centered around Michael Scott. Two new cast members may be added next season.
  • TV Guide: Danny Chun reveals that Michael Scott’s finale will take place in episode 22 or 23, as part of a 4 to 5 episode arc.
  • New York Magazine: Kelly will also be interested in replacing Michael.

Tipsters: Shane, Greg

46 comments

  1. Disappointing if true. It may turn out to be a great way to send him off, but I look forward to the season finales every year and if Steve doesn’t even make a cameo in the finale then I will be very disappointed.

  2. This is the worst news I’ve heard all day
    I think I’m still in denial that he’s actually leaving. :(

  3. Great decision by the writing team. He’s not part of the show going forward, phasing him out before the finale gives the writers time to shape new stories going into a new year, instead of sending Michael off in a great finale and wondering if people will come back after a long layoff.

  4. I know this is probably the best thing the writing staff could do because it would feel like a series finale if Michael’s last episode was the season finale and I guess I am glad that they are trying to keep the show moving forward. But that doesn’t mean that I am still not in denial about Steve actually leaving.

  5. What I’m reading is that Michael Scott “leaves”, but isn’t there still room for cameos going forward? I mean, does Michael ever REALLY let go of things? Wouldn’t surprise me if he just showed up every now and then. Sorta like Jan or Roy…

  6. I’m excited for this, but i hope the hype isn’t like the cold open for the music dub intro, which was cool but severely got my hopes up…

  7. I agree with Shannon (3). I’ve been counting down how many more magical episodes we had left with Steve and now this…. :'(

  8. Yeah, seriously why wouldn’t Jim, the only one with manager experience, not be a contender. and why would Andy, arguably the least productive worker in the office, be in on this?

  9. Hi all, YES, this is very sad. But can you imagine the storylines that they can write for Michael to pop his head in every now and then if he moves on to Hollywood? I can just see him sitting in a director chair right next to Angelina Jolie Pitt, or Shia Labeef and calling the office to ask Meredith if he can use her life story for the sequel to 28 days, entitled “28 more days”, or how many jokes Michael come up with living in “HOLLY” “WOOD”? I will miss Steve/Michael very much, but the Office will be around a very long time with the incredible talent it has left behind the scenes and in front of the camera! It will be hard to swallow, tough to take in at first, but there are plenty other characters left that can please us week in and week out. TWSS!

  10. the FB group for this news is overwhelmingly negative…
    like continuing Seinfeld without Seinfeld
    -Star Trek without Picard
    -Fresh Prince without Will Smith
    -hockey without wayne gretzky…
    they should go out in style like Seinfeld did… “end it likes it’s hot!”

  11. Good question #7 – why isn’t Jim one of the contenders? It makes no sense, unless they have something else in store for Jim.

    Having Michael Scott leave before the end of the season is smart, provided the story line is strong. Depending on the way Michael goes out, may play for more than an episode (i.e. how the others react to the realization that Michael is gone).

    Love that Todd Packer is coming back – that dude cracks me up.

    It will be interesting to see where the show goes after Michael has gone. Either new storylines will help reinvigorate the show or the Office will continue its downward spiral since Season 5.

  12. I’m sad about this but I get even more sad when I read all the negative stuff about how the Office is going to suck after Steve leaves. I’m going to be optimistic that the writers are smart and funny and will do a good job. I’m still sad though.

  13. Jim, I don’t think wants the job (to answer others’ questions above).

    I so want to see Darryl get the job. It makes so much sense, and if you watch all the earlier seasons, it definitely seems to be something they’ve been building towards.

    Dwight can’t do it as he’s too busy running the building.

  14. it will be an end of an amazing journey when Steve leaves, he seems such a humble person!

    Tanster, do you know anything about Ricky Gervais making an appearance on the show??

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