Steve Carell confirms he's leaving 'The Office'
If you happen to see Steve Carell in the next few days, knock him over the head, will ya? Out of love? ‘Cause clearly his brain has gotten all jumbly.
One of TV’s best comedic actors of all time has just confirmed that he is indeed leaving “The Office” next May. And get this, he seems to think no one will care.
E! News hit the red carpet for Carell’s new movie “Despicable Me” this week, and Carell made it clear he was not joking when he told BBC Radio he would leave “The Office” after the 2010-2011 season.
“I just think it’s time,” Steve told E’s 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 Carell, “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.”
Still, Carell, doused in Eau to Humility, had this to say about the attention he’s receiving for his exit: “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 story lines that I have no doubt it’ll continue as strong if not stronger than ever.”
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