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.
Here’s what fellow Office cast members say:
- TV Guide: Kate Flannery, Craig Robinson, Oscar Nunez
- Entertainment Tonight: Kate Flannery, Melora Hardin
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.”