Major Office Scoop: When Will Michael Depart?

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We know when Michael Scott will exit The Office.

Before we get to that scoop, however, we can deliver the following news regarding what Michael will be up to while still the branch manager: on February 17, he'll host a screening of Threat Level Midnight.

Coming to town for the movie whose screenplay Michael's co-workers discovered on season two will be Jan, Karen, Roy and David Wallace, all of whom will play a role in the action/thriller. We're both confused and excited.

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As for details on Steve Carell's departure from the series, Alan Sepinwall spoke to producer Paul Lieberstein at The Television Critic's Association press tour and has revealed the following:

  • Michael will say goodbye with four episodes remaining this season. The final few weeks will be dedicated to finding his replacement.
  • Internal candidates have been narrowed down to Andy, Dwight and Darryl.
  • Whether the job is filled by one of these three (we vote for Darryl!) or an newcomer, the show will turn into a true ensemble next season. The new boss won't instantly be the new, main star.
  • Two cast members will be added after this season.

What do you think of these plans? Ponder away and, as always, visit our section of The Office quotes from the latest one-liners

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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.