Most likely, and it ain’t to start The Michael Scott Paper Company. If we’re to take his words at face value, Steve Carell will not be returning to “The Office” after the completion of next year’s 7th season. Check out this exchange between Carell and an interviewer from BBC Radio (Just for clarification, the Brits use “series” instead of “seasons”):
Question: How long will you stay with “The Office” for? How many more series? How long does your contract run?
Steve: Contract through next season.
Question: And will you stay after that?
Steve: I don’t think so. I think that will probably be my last year.
These are Carell’s first public comments on the matter. It remains to be seen whether this is a negotiation tactic or if he really does have his sights set on bigger and better things. “The Office” is currently NBC’s highest rated scripted show, and the struggling network would back a Brinks Truck up to Carell’s house before they lost their top show’s main attraction.
Carell’s most recent starring vehicles have done well enough at the box office to justify a permanent move to the silver screen, with Get Smart and Date Night hauling in domestic totals of $130 Mil and $65 Mil-and-counting, respectively. This summer’s Dinner for Schmucks will probably be no different. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I’ll be very sad to see Michael Scott leave Dunder Mifflin.
To listen to the audio of Carell’s comments from the BBC Radio interview, click here.
-The daNk Knight