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TCA Press Tour: How will NBC say goodbye to Steve Carell?

July 30, 2010 |  1:49 pm

NUP_139112_0013  Angela Bromstad, president of NBC prime-time entertainment, addressed the departure of Steve Carell from "The Office."

Bromstad said the network and producers of the popular Thursday night comedy had known for months that Carell would be leaving the show. Writers are preparing story lines to say goodbye to the goofy boss Michael Scott, played by Carell, but the show would go on.  Bromstad said that though Carell is the star, the show is blessed with a strong ensemble cast.

"Would we have ended 'ER' when George Clooney left? That would have been a mistake," Bromstad said.  "The Office," she said would soldier on.  "Otherwise, I could not go home and face my 14-year-old son."

-- Meg James

Photo: Steve Carell in "The Office." Credit: Chris Haston / NBC