Ricky Gervais Talks ‘Office’ Cameo & Steve Carell’s Decision to Leave the Show

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Ricky Gervais The Office Ricky Gervais Talks Office Cameo & Steve Carells Decision to Leave the Show

Whether you approved of his Golden Globes performance or not, Ricky Gervais is undoubtedly one of the most significant voices working in comedy today.

As one of the masterminds behind the brilliant comedy series The Office, Gervais gave audiences some of the edgiest mainstream comedy in years, constantly pushing the limits of our social mores via his obnoxious character, David Brent. Likewise, as an executive producer of the American version of The Office, Gervais also left an important imprint – namely by choosing not to be too involved in the creative process.

That decision, which many original Office fans were nervous about, allowed the U.S. Office to take shape on its own and become one of the most popular television shows of the last ten years. Interestingly, Gervais is now set to return to the American version of The Office as the character that started it all, David Brent.

In an interview for Piers Morgan’s new CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight, Gervais talked about his decision to make a cameo appearance on The Office and why he told Steve Carell that he was doing the “right thing” in leaving the show after its seventh season.

Check out the segment below:

Even though he can come off quite brash, I really admire Gervais for his attitude toward comedy. In all of their shows thus far, Gervais and creative partner Stephen Merchant have never forced a show past its expiration date. For example, the UK version of The Office ran for only 14 episodes, yet it is continually hailed as one of the best comedies in recent memory. Likewise, Gervais and Merchant’s show Extras only ran 13 episodes. They both know how to quit while they’re ahead.

Some would argue (and many have) that the American version of The Office has gone on too long – and there are good arguments for either side. The important thing to remember, and the thing that Gervais gets across the most in his interview, is that the American Office is something special all by itself and that, regardless of what happens to the show after Steve Carell leaves, it was something to enjoy.

Source: CNN

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  1. We love your show, however, check this out!

    • Uh ok .. Made is 6 seconds in before turning.
      Not sure what that was supposed to be. SPAM.

  2. Ricky Gervais is the best! Can’t wait to see this! http://galacdavis.tumblr.com/post/2862710962/hostme

  3. The US version of the Office always struck me as a remake/copy of show “News Radio”. The cast was so good.

    Having Gervais, come in at the end, sounds pretty cool and I look forward to watching the conmplete series on dvd. :)

  4. @790,
    the show’s not ending, Steve carrel is just leaving it. And I recomend watching the series asap, it’s very funny especially when you are familiar with the charecters. Last season I would have agreed that they were running out of steam, but I’ve thought this season has had some of the funniest episodes of the series. They just need to find a “Jim and Pam” story arc like the first few seasons.

  5. the UK version was far superior, im just going to watch the one episode of the US version. who can be bothered to sit through 7 seasons. as ricky gervais said at the golden globes, Quality not Quanitity