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It’s Official Steve Carell leaves The Office As Michael Scott

Posted by on July 2, 2010 at 3:33 PM EST

Steve Carell, no more Michael  Scott. It has been confirmed that Steve Carell will leave  The Office after this next season in May of 2011.  Many fans wonder if the show would have the same success without Carrell, who plays Michael Scott, the arrogant, snobbish fool of a boss on the hit NBC series.

steve carellAccording to E!, Steve Carell said, “I just think it’s time, 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.”

He also stated the show could definitely 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,” Carell said.

NBC producers have yet to release a statement on Steve Carrell’s departure.

Although, executive producer and star Ricky Gervais, who plays David Brent, wrote on his blog that “Mr. Carell’s departure was “of course inevitable (and sad), but I wish him all the luck in the world.” He added; “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.”

47-year old Steve Carell received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy and has received three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Michael Scott in “The Office”.  He is also known for playing roles in “Bruce Almighty”, “Even Almighty” and “The 40 year old Virgin” in which he also co-wrote with Judd Apatow .

We wish Steve Carell the very best in his career and future success for NBC’s “The Office”



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