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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The Office Quotes

Dwight: What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting: I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris, by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years; she's never taken another lover. I don't care, I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.

Guess what, I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don't know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me... No, don't sue me. That is the opposite of the point that I'm trying to make.

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