Is Steve Carell Leaving The Office?


File this under potentially earth-shattering news. While speaking with the BBC to promote Date Night, Steve Carell revealed the previously unthinkable bit of news: His time at Dunder Mifflin could be coming to an end after next season. Say it ain't so, Steve!

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

Carrell: Contract through next season.

Question: And will you stay after that?

Carrell: I don't think so. I think that will probably be my last year.

Lest you think Carell's pulling a happy prank, there's a corresponding audio clip -- which you can listen to here -- where he sounds dead serious. Of course this brings up many currently unanswerable questions: Can The Office continue without Steve Carell? If it does, who would replace him? What does this mean for NBC's Thursday night comedy block? And, probably most important, who gets that World's Best Boss coffee mug?

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  • Michael Strangeways says:

    I love The Office but it's time to let it go...the last couple of seasons have been more miss than hit and they are repeating themselves. And, the cast is way too's DEFINITELY time for B J Novak to move on.

  • Brad says:

    I agree - it's become a parody of itself. Dwight is cringe-inducing to watch. Jim is the saddest man to ever live, also - you had dreams once, son!

  • brad says:

    Patton Oswalt could replace Steve Carrell and take the show to new heights.

  • DarkKnightShyamalan says:

    The Office has definite L&O-like potential for swapping out major cast members every year or two.
    If they replace Carell, I hope the producers insist on someone with real comic acting skills (i.e., Michael Hitchcock), and not the big stunt-cast name that NBC will likely try to force on them (shudder... Jim Carrey?).

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