Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’

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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115 comments

  1. While I agree that Darryl would be amazing, we did have that little teaser of Dwight as regional manager at the end of season 3, and I really enjoyed his brief reign. I don’t think offices being prematurely painted black could sustain a season, but it would be fun while it lasts.

  2. Steve may think that but with ratings already declining this season once he leaves the show will plummet further and leave a bad taste. The show will always be talked about how it should’ve ended when Steve left.

    Didn’t want to see this happen but expected it. Steve would leave and NBC would be still be in fourth place and have no choice but to continue with the show and not end on a high note. It would end like the majority of sitcoms, past its prime and canceled due to low ratings/high cost of producing the show.

  3. Darryl should definitely take over. The only options really are him or Jim, and we’ve already seen Jim as a manager and personally I didn’t like it so much. He belongs in sales. Dwight as manager full time would just be too much. Too ridiculous.

  4. This isn’t and has never been an equal ensemble show a la Friends. Michael is the star. There’s really no question about it. Jim, Pam, and Dwight are obviously indispensable as well, and I love the rest of the cast, but the A-plot of almost every episode has revolved around Michael, and no matter what Steve thinks, the show could not survive without him. It would really be a parody of its former self, and I’d hate to see my favorite show completely compromise its integrity and dignity just to squeeze out what will probably only be another year’s worth of money.

  5. IMHO….unless they get someone as amazing as Steve in as the new Regional Manager, this show is done. He is being charitable, and typically humble, to say that the ensemble is strong enough to carry on without him.
    He IS the show.

  6. I really think it should end when he leaves. Yes, it is an amazing cast but he is one of the funniest in the group and it would be a huge loss. I don’t know, I would feel like someone died if he left. it wouldn’t be as funny, and I would miss him so much. However much I don’t want it to end, I think that would be a better choice than to have it keep going without him, but if it did keep going, I would want Dwight to be the regional manager.

  7. If they continue the show without Steve Carell, I swear to God that every single piece of copier paper in this town is going to have the F word on it. The F word. You have one day.

  8. The office is my favorite show and I love all of the characters, but I agree the show just won’t be the same (pure genius) without him. I wonder if there is anything that can be done to get him to stay 2 more seasons? I’m not ready to say goodbye to Michael Scott..
    @betterthannot your comment made me laugh hard! You have one day.. :)

  9. I know Steve is the star and I mean NO disrespect to him when I say this, but I really DO feel that it is an ensemble show and the other characters are rich enough to keep it going. Most of the time, I’m more interested in the sub-plots than the big ones involving Michael anyway (again, no disrespect intended) and I always wish they would give more time to those. All I know is that I would still watch, but I don’t know if everyone else would, even if it was great (and I know it would be, because, well, the writers, actors, and characters are great!)

  10. Assuming the show continues after he leaves, I hope they don’t create a new character as his replacement. Seeing someone internal take over, like Jim or Darryl, would be a much easier adjustment, especially if the show only continues one season thereafter. I think Dwight would be too cartoonish as Michael’s replacement (i.e. “The Job”… you can’t sustain that beyond a single episode).

    Having said all that, I don’t think they should do even a single season without him.

  11. In fairness to Steve, he can’t very well say the show will tank without him. It breaks my heart to say this but I’m in the corner of them ending the show when he leaves. Michael Scott is The Office. His shoes are just to big to fill. I have no interest in Dwight or Darryl becoming the new boss.

  12. Lotsa great ensemble shows in TV history…but let’s be honest: No Alda, no MASH. No Jerry, no Seinfeld. No Carell, no Office. The worst would be if NBC chose to coy-and-vance us by bringing in a replacement for Carell. Steve Carell is being his nice, normal, humble self by saying the show is not all about him, but in the real world he is indispensable.

  13. Me and my family have all been avid Office fans but this season we have all commented on how it hasn’t lived up to prior seasons. With Michael Scott gone, I will be shocked to see the show thrive.

  14. Steve is being too nice, but the reality is that the show cannot work without him. In celestial terms he is like the sun and the others are like planets that revolve around him. Without the sun there’s darkness and, sadly that is what is going to happen to the show if they decide to continue without him. PLEASE, END ON A HIGHNOTE.

  15. NBC should just let the show end properly, it’s already got syndication. They can stuff their pockets with that money.

  16. Bebe, that’s not a bad idea. Maybe in the last episode they close out with him replacing Michael. Nice full circle.

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