Steve Carell considers leaving The Office

Steve Carell flags exiting The Office after Season 7 -or is it just a negotiating ploy?

In an interview with the BBC for his film Date Night, Steve Carell was probed on his future at The Office.

BBC: How long will you stay with The Office for? How many more series? How long does your contract run?
Carell: Contract through next season.
BBC: And will you stay after that?
Carell: I don’t think so. I think that will probably be my last year.

These kinds of bombshells often emerge through random interviews (Chris Meloni anyone?), but so do the first steps in salary negotiations. His quotes are already ricocheting through US media.

One Office insider told E! online, “This could be a negotiating ploy, but honestly, I don’t think so in this case.” They reckon it’s highly unlikely The Office would continue without the self-proclaimed ‘World’s Best Boss.’

In addition to his Date Night feature, Carell has appeared in Get Smart, Evan Almighty, Little Miss Sunshine and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

NBC is apparently not commenting on the interview.

Shame they didn’t ask Tina Fey about where she sees 30 Rock going too.

Source: BBC

10 Responses

  1. He’ll be back.

    Truth is though, they could do the show with out him. I love the show, but he is the worst character on it, because he’s the least realised and most inconsistent one. While a lot of the time he’s very good and very funny and such a big part of the show, he’s still the worst character on it.

    Anyone else always find it lame actors who seem so eager to walk away from their jobs. Like Matthew Fox from lost saying he won’t do more tv after lost. It’s like yeah who cares, but do you know how lucky you are to have a good career. People always looking to move to something more credible. Like movies from tv. Or people like Jim Carrey who are so talented and lucky at comedy wanting to now be “serious, respected actor.”
    It’s all just kind of lame. Sad of Carrell turns out to be one of these.

  2. The Office lost its charm around season 5…which is incidentally the season Ten started to air it in a halfway decent slot. I mean, it was even worse than season one.

    I’ve found HIMYM has gone the same way. 1 good episode for every 6 crap ones. Seasons 1-4 were great, I don’t know what happened.

    And I hate to say it, but caught a few of 2.5 Men’s latest episodes, they were quite good and had some heartily funny moments. I never completely despised the show, just dislike how its on 11 times a week. Still can’t get into BBT though. Whats the humour in nerds who love discussing quantum physics?

  3. The Office is one of the few U.S. adaptations of a British show to achieve something like the high standards of the original. I feel that’s largely down to Steve Carell, though the rest of the cast is first rate too. If Carell goes, the show should be retired gracefully (though I bet you’d get short odds on a spin-off).

  4. I love The Office the back half of this season is slumping though it needs to pick it back up; it seems like everyone on the show is very tired.

    Prehaps it is time to call it a day?

    The show could continue without Steve but I don’t really want it to; whilst it is a ensemble show and doesn’t depends solely on the one character; Michael is sort of the glue that holds it together without being so prominent in every episode.

  5. I think the show could still work if they had Jim running the office and changed some of the minor characters to be a bit more whacky. With some of the storylines this year I can’t understand how the hell the new owner keeps Michael on the books anyway!

  6. Most fans of the show knew this was coming. The quality of the show has declined so much of late that I hope it does end next season. Sadly 30 Rock is in an even worse creative slump, and Alec Baldwin has already stated he won’t renew his contract.

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