Steve Carell to leave ‘The Office’ after Season 7

The Office’s Steve Carell talks to Access Hollywood about the possibility of leaving the show next year.

April 28, 2010

BBC Radio recently interviewed Steve Carell and Tina Fey about their film Date Night.

At the end of the interview, Steve is asked about The Office:

Question: How long will you stay with The Office for? How many more series? How long does your contract run?

Steve: Contract through next season.

Question: And will you stay after that?

Steve: I don’t think so. I think that will probably be my last year.

Here is a clip of that portion of the interview:

The length of Steve’s contract with The Office has been previously reported here and here, but this is the first time Steve has actually talked about leaving.

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  1. As sad as this makes me, I think it will be good for the show to end. There’s so much they can do when it does, like finally show the “documentary” to the people on the show and get their reactions.

  2. I think all others are contracted through the following year, but I could be wrong. I can’t imagine the show without Steve…

  3. AH! NO! I don’t want The Office to end next year– well, I never want it to end. You know what though, stars always say they’re leaving, but if they love going to work every day, the leave date seems to get pushed back. Remember the Friends cast and how that was supposed to end after season 6 but it just kept going and going until 10? The only way this will be okay with me is if the show lives on in some form. I’m talking spin-offs. There are too many good characters besides Michael that I would miss. :(

  4. It’ll be sad, but I want The Office to end when it’s still on a high note and not just because no one cares anymore. I can’t wait to see what they do with the final season.

  5. The way I figure Steve Carell could always come back for the final episode, maybe do the same type of thing as they did for the UK series finale special, show what he’s been up to since he left Dunder-Mifflin.

    That being said I would assume “Jim” or “Dwight” would take “Michael’s position at the office when he leaves. Maybe “Michael” will leave to try and pursue Holly or Holly will come back and they’ll run off together.

  6. I love the cast but I couldn’t continue to watch it without Steve… hope he doesn’t mean that, not yet.

  7. It makes me so sad to hear Steve say that, but I’ve also been expecting the end to come soon. I just don’t know how long they can go on with this documentary premise, and some would say they’ve already stretched it to its limits. If Steve is really leaving after next season, then I do hope that’s the end of the show. I know other actors are contracted a season longer than that, but I really can’t imagine the show without Michael Scott.

  8. It would be nice if they somehow were able to get Carell to sign a one year extension for Season 8. That would work out well for a good final season. I think he isn’t 100% now, but it would take some convincing. I bet if they told him Season 8 would be the final season and they wanted him for it, he might change his mind. But I also don’t know if they are planning on Season 8 being the last.

  9. As much as I’d miss The Office, it might be good to leave on a high note. I loved ‘Friends’ but the last few seasons suffered in my opinion. I don’t think they should prolong The Office just to prolong it. Seinfeld only had six seasons, right? But…it would be greatly missed. My heart sinks a little just thinking about it.

  10. While Michael’s character has gotten a little stale for me, it would be interesting to see what the writers would do without having Michael around at Dunder Mifflin/Sabre. That said, not having Michael around leaves a huge hole in the show, but also an opportunity for other characters to shine.

    We all know that all Michael wants to do is ride off into the sunset with his true love, Holly. We shall see what happens. All I hope is that the writing and creativity stay strong (I feel like the last few seasons have been inconsistent, with more valleys than peaks).

    However, not having Michael Scott at the Series Finale (whenever that is) would be incalcuable.

  11. @Cayce80 Seinfeld made 9 seasons.
    Anyway, I think with the introduction of Sabre, the show is already weakened.

  12. I really hope this is Steve being goofy and just trying to shock the entire Office Nation! Giving us a scare and not being serious. This show has the ability to have storylines forever. You can expand every single character’s role every season. Too many laughs left, and I am sorry but there is no Office without Michael Scott. And there is NOOO Michael Scott without Steve Carell.

  13. Everyone seems to be jumping the gun here, he said he doesn’t think he will do another season, so he might stay on, even if he goes, yes he will be missed but the show is bigger than just one person. But if he does (hope not) Ricky Gervais could appear as David Brent and take over

  14. As sad as it makes me to say it, I am happy for him.

    He has a ballooning movie career (not that it wasn’t before, just more so) and I can’t really stand the direction they are going with the show.

  15. I can see them trying a season without Steve, and it may produce some good laughs, but a show without its main character will fail (Let’s look at season 8 of That 70’s Show, it ran for like 8 years and without Topher Grace, BAM cancelled)

  16. The show needed to end 3 seasons ago. I’m glad Steve has decided to walk away from what he knows is a failing series.

  17. I think one more season would be perfect- I’m happy about this IF Steve Carell leaving means the show is ending. Of course the show has a very strong ensemble, but the premise of the show has always been how everyone deals with their crazy boss. Even when other stories were the main focus, this was always the underlying thread. The show would lose its foundation without Michael.

  18. Sounds like standard contract negotiation talk to me. Doesn’t he just get like 250k per episode or so? And isn’t the office not only nbc’s biggest comedy hit but biggest hit overall in the key demo? He should be getting double that.

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