Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’

June 30, 2010

Here’s what Ricky Gervais says:

Well it’s official. Steve Carell will leave The Office after this next season. It was of course inevitable (and sad), but I wish him all the luck in the world. He is quite possibly the nicest, hardest working man in America and it has been a joy working with him over the last six years. (And taking the piss out of him at every award show.)

It was expected of me, as executive producer, to persuade him to stay on. With syndication in full swing the more successful the show remains, the more billions we all make. It was tempting, but the truth is, I believe he is doing the right thing. He’s fulfilled his contract and more, and is a huge film star now. (I knocked it on the head after 12 episodes and a Christmas special.) I’d be lying if I said he should do more. He shouldn’t. He should move on, continue to do great work, and buy a new house every time The Office is repeated somewhere. (That’s what I do. Maybe I’ll buy one next door to him one day. That’ll fucking teach him.)

Good Luck Steve.

Tipster: Andrew

Here’s what fellow Office cast members say:

June 29, 2010

During this past weekend’s press event for his film Despicable Me, The Office’s Steve Carell talked more about his exit from the show at the end of Season 7.

Interview with Access Hollywood:

“I don’t think [Michael Scott’s departure] should be made into a big deal,” he told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman of his “Office” character’s departure at the junket for his latest film, “Despicable Me,” on Saturday. “That’s what I would favor.”

The star, who previously stated that the upcoming season will “probably” be his last year on the NBC show, added that he’d like to surprise people with his exit.

“I always like when the show surprises people, because [a party] may be what you expect when he leaves,” Steve said. “Maybe not tie everything up in a really pretty bow. I like that grey area of life.”

He added that the show, which has chronicled the lives of an awkward group of Dunder-Mifflin employees for six seasons, will go on.

“The show is going to continue,” Steve said. “It’s such a great ensemble, there would be no reason to not continue.”

Interview with E! Online:

“I just think it’s time,” Steve told our Kristina Guerrero. “I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.”

But according to Steve, The Office could go on without him. “It doesn’t certainly mean the end of the show. I think it’s just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and some new energy… I see it as a positive in general for the show.”

“I didn’t see it as a huge thing and I certainly didn’t anticipate any sort of hubbub over it. I’m just not going to extend my contract, but I didn’t see it as a huge deal. And the show is great, and the ensemble is so strong, and the writers are great, so it’s just one part of that ensemble drifting off. They’ve incorporated so many new characters and so many new, great storylines that I have no doubt it’ll continue as strong if not stronger than ever.”

Interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“I think [season] 7 will be my last year,” he told us over the weekend at the premiere of his new animated flick, Despicable Me. “I want to fulfill my contract. I think it’s a good time to move on.”

Asked if there’s anything that could change his mind, Carell said, “No. I just want to spend more time with my family.”

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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