Could Steve Carell’s replacement on The Office be….series creator Ricky Gervais?
Carell will be leaving the hit NBC comedy this season and Paul Lieberstein, executive producer of The Office, has admitted that NBC is considering approaching Ricky Gervais — who played David Brent on the show’s UK predecessor — to replace Carell on the series.
“We talked about it today for a while. It’s not the leading idea… [but] it’s not a dead idea,” the producer admitted in a chat with New York Magazine on Wednesday.
“I don’t know how David Brent could take Michael Scott’s place because it would be a little bit too much of a coincidence that a documentary crew was also following him. He was also fired for incompetence [in the UK Office], so we’d have to create some back story for what happened,” Liebersteing explained.
“On the flip side, you have someone who’s incredibly talented and who has played with a level of realism that’s the same as our show.”
Missing your weekly fix of The Office? Don’t sweat it, the series will be back on the tube premiering its seventh season on Thursday, Sept. 23.