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Getting off Scott-Free: Steve Carell to Exit The Office

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Jun 28, 2010 Jennifer Ross

The news of Steve Carell exiting The Office, was made official this weekend at the Los Angeles premiere of his new animated movie, Despicable Me.

The news of Steve Carell exiting The Office, was made official this weekend at the Los Angeles premiere of his new animated movie, Despicable Me.

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For six seasons, Carell has played Michael Scott, branch regional manager of The Office’s fictional paper company, Dundler Mifflin.

“I think [season] 7 will be my last year,”, he told Entertainment Weekly. “I want to fulfill my contract. I think it’s a good time to move on.”

This doesn’t come as a surprise to Office fans. Since April, speculation of his departure has been circulating ever since he made headlines in a BBC radio interview. While promoting his film, Date Night, Carell mentioned that it was likely that The Office’s next season (its seventh) would be his last since his contract ends after this upcoming 2010-2011 season.

Say It Isn’t So? When asked if anything would change his mind, Carell simply stated, “No. I just want to spend more time with my family.” During his time playing Michael Scott, Carell has been nominated for four Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy awards. Most likely to be remembered for his role as Michael Scott, Carell gained fame for his correspondent work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Some of his well known Hollywood films are Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine, and Get Smart. Despicable Me, his newest animated film, tells the story of Gru (Carell), who wants to accomplish the unthinkable task of stealing the moon, to outsmart his arch-rival, Vector (Jason Segal). Gru encounters a big challenge on his quest to do the impossible when he meets three orphan girls, who want him to become their dad. What will he decide?

The Show Must Go On Carell told E! News that the show will be fine without his character. “It doesn’t certainly mean the end of the show. I think it’s just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually.”

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However, Office fans disagree. Many have posted on blog sites and personal Twitter accounts their concerns, disappointment, and adoration for the actor in hearing the news of his imminent departure. His name even became a trending topic on Twitter. One fan went as far as to say that while she loves the show, they should cancel it after he leaves. It just would not be the same.

Carell had not expected such an overwhelming response to the news. “The show is great, and

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Getting off Scott-Free: Steve Carell to Exit The Office  

The news of Steve Carell exiting The Office, was made official this weekend at the Los Angeles premiere of his new animated movie, Despicabl...