Steve Carell to Return For The Office Finale

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It looks like Michael Scott's long-awaited return to The Office is happening.

Despite reports to the contrary, he apparently will appear in the May 16 finale.

In a conference call with reporters last week, creator Greg Daniels quashed speculation about a Carell cameo, saying “I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the 'Goodbye, Michael' episode was his goodbye."

"He didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the characters deserved.”

It turns out that was more carefully-worded than a lot of people thought.

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Carell’s return won’t overshadow the ending, because it's reportedly going to be more of a cameo than a full-on guest starring role. But the man, the myth, the Dunder Mifflin legend will be there!

An NBC spokesperson and Carell's rep both declined to confirm the report.

However, this weekend, Carell surprised thousands of Office fans when he joined his longtime co-stars at a huge party in Scranton, Pa., lending credence to the reports of his brief role reprisal.

How do you think the show should bring Michael back, if at all? Discuss!

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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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