The Office: NBC Is To Blame For Steve Carell Leaving After Season 7

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NBC is to blame for Steve Carell leaving The office after season 7. The office It was originally a British comedy created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, but was adapted by NBC in 2005 for the American public. The show is often considered one of the most popular American sitcoms, and some people even claim that it is better than the original show. The office It was on the air for nine seasons, seven of which starred Carell as Dunder Mifflin Scranton Regional Manager: Michael Scott.

Even if The office Running for nine seasons, many fans claim there was a big drop in quality after Carell left the show in season 7. Michael was removed from the series and decided to move to Colorado with the love of his life: Holly Flax. . Carell was absent from the last four episodes of season 7, before returning for a cameo in the series finale when Michael came to Dwight and Angela's wedding. Carell widely believed to have left The office to pursue other projects, but it turns out that was not really the case.

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According to author Andy Greene's new book The Office: the untold story of the best sitcom in the 2000s (via Collider), NBC actually forced Carell out of The office. Apparently, after Carell mentioned in a BBC interview that season 7 could be the last, NBC did not react to him saying he was considering leaving the series. Boom operator and sound mixer Brian Wittle explained that this upset Carell, making it a little easier to leave after NBC decided not to renew his contract. Kim Ferry, stylist for The office, summed up what happened between NBC and Carell, which can be read in the quote below:

"I didn't want to leave the program. He had told the network that he was going to sign for a couple more years. He was willing to do it and his agent was willing to do it. But for some reason, they didn't contact him. I don't know if it was a chicken game or what … He planned to stay on the show "…".It's just amazing how that happened. And I feel bad because I think a lot of people think they left the show on their own merit and that's not entirely true. I'm telling you I was there. I was there. I really wanted to stay. And he devastated us all because he was the heart of our show. ”

With the popularity of The officeThere has been news that the series will return for a revival after being off the air for seven years. The cast of the show, which includes Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer and Nancy Carell (Steve's wife who played the character Carol), is set to return for a revival. They even begged him to do it in Carell's opening monologue in SNL in 2018 John Krasinski (Jim), I'd love to go back too, but Carell does not sell on return. Carell has said several times that he will not make a rebirth of The office because he believes they could not reproduce the success they had initially.

Whether or not Carell will reappear on a reboot of The officeIt will certainly be shocking to fans that NBC has basically kicked him off the show by not renewing his contract. Carell has had a successful post-careerOffice and he was even nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 2014 film Fox hunter. That said, it doesn't matter what Carell does, given the popularity of The office, will always be known in part for playing Michael Scott. Fans have always wondered what season 8 and 9 would have been like if Carell had stayed, but that question is even more prevalent now that fans know that he could have appeared in the last two seasons of The office.

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Source: Andy Greene (via Collider)

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