Funny guy Steve Carell has confirmed his departure from the hit NBC Thursday night comedy The Office.
Carell will hang up his pocket protector as paper company manager Michael Scott once the show’s seventh season wraps in Spring 2011.
In a BBC Radio interview in April, the Emmy-winning comedian, 47, revealed that it was unlikely that he would sign up for additional seasons of The Office past the terms of his current contract.
Now Carell’s making the news official.
“I just think it’s time,” Carell said from the Despicable Me red carpet. “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.”
Despite his departure, Steve believes the show can go on without him.
“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.”
Can you imagine The Office without Steve Carell?