“I just think it’s time.” And that’s what he said. No, not Michael Scott, but Steve Carell. The man behind the character has let the TV world know that he plans to exit the show in May.
Steve was on the red carpet promoting his new movie Despicable Me and made it clear he was not joking when he told BBC Radio he would leave “The Office” after the coming 2010-11 season.
Carell told reporters, “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.” According to Steve, “The Office” could go on without him. “It doesn’t certainly mean the end of the show. I think it’s just a dynamic change, which could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and some new energy…I see it as a positive in general for the show.”
It seems that Carell isn’t as phased by the decision as his “Office” fans are. “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 storylines that I have no doubt it’ll continue as strong if not stronger than ever.”