Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 | 115 comments


This post lists items related to Steve Carell’s departure from ‘The Office’ — his current contract expires at the end of Season 7.

NBC confirms Steve’s impending exit from the show (excerpts from AP):

In the network’s first acknowledgment of Carell’s plans, NBC Primetime Entertainment President Angela Bromstad said Monday the actor’s seven-year run as erratic Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott will end when his contract expires in 2011. But Bromstad said the show will go on.

“We’ve been lucky to have had him as long as we’ve had. These things happen when you have such a major movie star in a show,” she said.

“Not to diminish the departure of Steve, because that will impact the show, but we have tremendous faith in the writers and actors to keep it alive,” Bromstad said.

The door is open if he wants to make return visits to the show, Bromstad said.

Whether Michael Scott’s job will be filled by a promotion from within or an outside hire is under discussion. Bringing in a big-name star is an option, but “it’s not the front-running idea,” said Paul Lieberstein, a cast member and executive producer.

“Right now, we’re still talking about a lot of scenarios. We’re trying to get a sense of what the office is like without Steve. We want to be real: What would this office really do (if Michael Scott left)? We want to pursue this as honestly as Dunder Mifflin would,” he said.

Nobody wants to see Carell leave, said Lieberstein, who plays Toby, the embattled voice of human-resources reason.

“But what we’ll get creatively is actually very exciting. We don’t have to do auto reset at the end of the season, but we get to move on,” he said.

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  1. 115. Shane  

    Two words: Ricky Gervais

  2. 114. Jimmy H.  

    If they’re hiring from within, easily the most qualified person to run the branch (from a real-world perspective) would be Oscar. He’s one of the few people that actually seems qualified for his job.

    Unfortunately, that wouldn’t make for much of a show.

    What’s Jason Bateman doing these days? Bring him on to run the branch.

  3. 113. Grace  

    12 Adrienne- That doesn’t really seem fair? I mean Steve just recently announced his leave, AFTER the show had finished filming for the last season… We have yet to see what the writers are doing with the knowledge Steve is leaving. They might surprise you.

  4. 112. blacklamb  

    Wow, all this negativity. As the queen of pessimism I’d normally be jumping on the bandwagon, but I can’t help it, I’m excited for what’s to come.

    I love Steve/Michael just as much as anyone else, and it will be super sad to see him go (I will probably be corny and cry), but I’m in love with the rest of the cast too. Yeah, last season was pretty iffy, to say the least, but Paul hit the nail on the head: with Michael leaving, that opens up the door for so many new storylines. Hopefully it will be the muse the writers have seemingly been needing for a while. Sure, a lot of the characters have been suffering in the personality department for a few seasons now (I miss you, artist Pam, shy Ryan, and prankster Jim) but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed. Don’t lose faith in the writers!

    I don’t know, maybe I’m just being selfish, but I’m not ready to say goodbye to Pam, Ryan, Jim, and Dwight yet. And I’m glad we won’t have to.

  5. 111. Adrienne  

    As talented as the rest of the ensemble is, the show cannot possibly stay afloat without Steve Carell. The producers insist it´ll open new doors creatively, but they don´t really seem to be making any efforts to make the rest of the characters stronger. If anything, most of them have taking a turn for the worst..whatever happened to Jim, Pam, Dwight and Ryan from earlier seasons?? or Creed even. HOnestly, the only way I would give it a chance in S8 would be if a big name actor with strong comedic chops filled in Steve´s shoes. We really don´t need to see Jim or Dwight try to gain control of the office again. Don´t cheapen the memory this great show will leave on many of us.

  6. 110. Sammy  

    Last year’s season, season 6, was probably the worst season so far, although it did have one of the best episodes of the series in The Wedding. However, the transformation of Pam (from being quiet and sort-of a doormat to being obnoxious and somewhat of a bitch) is one of the worst things of this show. Personally, I did like the buyout from Sabre, which saved the show slightly because Kathy Bates played her part really well. The thing that makes the show for me are the one-liners that highlighted the first 3 seasons of the show (‘That’s what she said’ is never said anymore). This show needs to have a strong season 7 so that it can save the show and end the series.

  7. 109. Sammy  

    Yes, The Office has one great ensemble, but that doesn’t mean they will do great without Steve Carell. Because Steve Carell is the the most significant figure of the cast, if he leaves, the show will go down a huge bunch, no matter how great the writing and script will be. A majority of the viewers of The Office will agree that he IS the main character. Having the main character leave a show is TV suicide. If Carell leaves, end the show, as simple as that.

  8. 108. Ryan  

    this is the saddest day since the office started. as much as i love this show it can’t go on without steve.

  9. 107. JAM Love  

    Holly and Michael should be transferred back to Nashua and Michael could be the Regional Manager from there. Nobody would have to fill his spot and Steve Carell could guest star at the series finale when Amy Ryan would also be back for the Flax-Scott wedding. Boom! Written.

  10. 106. Brosieurrr  

    Chris – Your powers of observation would make anyone’s ‘cappa’ be ‘detated’ from their heads. :)

  11. 105. Jillian  

    Wanna know how I feel? Watch my video called Dear Steve Carell…

  12. 104. Chris  

    Um…I don’t think anyone has mentioned Ed Truck because he’s dead.

  13. 103. Brosieurrr  

    I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the obvious replacement for Michael when he leaves…

    Bring back Ed Truck :)

  14. 102. Marc  

    It’s going to be sad to see Steve go. Hopefully the seventh season will be the best. Let’s see another DUNDEE AWARDS EPISODE THIS SEASON!!!!!!!!!

  15. 101. Cayce80  

    Ha! Gervais is awesome.

  16. 100. screwtape  

    Todd Packer or Jan!

  17. 99. Roy's Mugshot  

    Yeah Tanster, we haven’t heard your input on the situation. Also, wasn’t there supposed to be an in-depth set visit report at some point? What are you holding back? :)

  18. 98. diahern  

    I would like to know how Jenna, John, Rainn, and Tanster :) feel about Steve leaving and a possible 8th Season without him…

  19. 97. jwb  

    As much as I have loved this show, the writing this year has been weak, the characters are less interesting and the direction of the show, well, it has no direction any more. Andy was great when he was a minor awkward “Cornell grad.” Angela needs to be back in love with Dwight. Dwight needs to be the goofy employee again. That is all gone these days. Now, it’s Jim and Pam and their baby and goofy plots and no real funny episodes anymore.

    It’s time to say goodbye to this show. The first five seasons were great, but Carell clearly sees that the show has run its course and is getting out now. It’s sort of like when Don Knotts left the “Andy Griffith Show.” It was never the same without Barney. It’s the same with “The Office.”

  20. 96. J  

    I am sad that Steve will be leaving, but I can certainly understand his reasons. I hope they don’t burn any bridges with respect to him returning for a guest spot or two. As for the show continuing, I want to see them try season 8 and if it doesn’t work out pack it in then.

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