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Steve Carell says he's leaving 'The Office' at end of next season

Getprev-4 Adios Michael Scott? Could it be true?

Steve Carell, who recently told BBC Radio that he's leaving "The Office" after next season, confirmed the "decision" to E! News on Sunday night while he made the red carpet rounds at the premiere of "Despicable Me."

"I just think it's time," the star of the NBC hit told E! Online. "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."

Of course, this could totally be a bargaining ploy. (Charlie Sheen, anyone?)

Carell thinks "The Office" can go on without him.

"It doesn't certainly mean the end of the show," he said. "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."

Do you agree?

-- Maria Elena Fernandez


Photo: Steve Carell arrives at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles for the premiere of " Despicable Me" on Sunday. Credit: Associated Press / Katy Winn

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I agree with Steve. American shows tend to look at the stars as the franchise, not the show itself. When shows haven't build anything around the star that certainly proves true, but The Office has a strong ensemble cast that could continue to thrive with another star at the level Steve Carell was when he started. Knowing Steve is going to leave at the end of the contract gives the writers time to write in whomever they get. Seth Meyers could do it. That's my suggestion.

He had better not leave!!!! Dwight is super funny but you couldn't base the show around him. This is going to be worse than when Seinfeld pulled the plug. Much worse.

Oh no!

How could The Office be The Office without him?

Now I'm really doomed - I'll never be able to find another role model like him. How will I know how to interact with my subordinates at work? OMG!!

The Office should have been canceled last season, and Steve Carell knows it . It is not cheeky and funny anymore. The writing has become so dark and depressing, it is nothing like what made the show funny to begin with.

The Michael Scott character has become stale and unfunny. The Jim and Pam storyline died the moment they got married. Dwight and Andy are the only funny characters left, but can't carry the whole show.

It was fun while it lasted.

Like every other show, American TV will run a program until every creative drop has been squeezed from it, then go on for 5 more seasons.

i think Dunder-Mifflin-Etc should merge with a UK company, and bring Ricky Gervais in as manager.

The show should've been cancelled one or two seasons ago so it's not like it matters. And I hope Mike never watches the original Office if he thinks the American version is dark and depressing (LOL).

EHollywood, the UK Office is amazing!

The BBC Office (the original) was awkward, which made it funny. It set up the comedy as awkward from the first episode. The fact that the Tim and Dawn storyline never really panned out over 2 seasons kept the show fresh and kept the audience hoping.

The US Office started out really funny and slapstick. I think the "doom and gloom" writing began when Michael found out that Jan got pregnant from a sperm bank. That was a truly sad and depressing storyline, that spawned more depressing storylines. Jim and Pam are now boring. They must have switched writers because they are now the most uninteresting characters on the show.

Just cancel The Office already so much funnier shows like Parks and Rec & 30 Rock can be propped up more at NBC.

no. i do not agree.

cant wait for this POS to be cancelled its so freaking
stupid the characters all suck and I was only a fan of it
for ten months anyways.

so glad im not a fan and out of the office cause theres so
many better shows out there anyways for me to enjoy.

come on nbc slit the offices throat alreadly!


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