Steve Carell May Leave The Office After Next Season

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A year from now, might The Office be (Michael) Scott-free?

If Steve Carell's recent comments are any indication, brace yourself for that possibility.

The actor is reaffirming his desire to leave The Office and his role as Dunder-Mifflin's lovable, bungling boss at the end of the award-winning NBC comedy's upcoming seventh season.

“I think [Season] 7 will be my last year,” he told EW this weekend at the premiere of his new movie, Despicable Me. “I want to fulfill my contract. I think it’s a good time to move on.”

Asked if there’s anything that could change his mind, or if there has been any friction with the show or NBC, Carell replied, “No. I just want to spend more time with my family.”

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Corporate may have fantasized about this day more than once, but we're saddened.

Back in April, Carell made headlines when he announced in a BBC interview that next season “would probably” be his last at Dunder-Mifflin. Looks like it's a firm stance he's taken.

Would Dunder-Mifflin, and our library of The Office quotes, cease to exist sans Michael? Could the show carry on to Season 8 with a new boss or is there no show without Scott?

Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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OH MY GOD. I'm going to cry. It will never be the same. They should just end the show at Season 7.