Steve Carell’s Final ‘Office’ Episode Airs in April

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When it was announced last year that Steve Carell would be leaving The Office at the end of its seventh season, fans of the series began preparing themselves for the departure of Michael Scott.

Unfortunately, series show-runner Paul Lieberstein (Toby) revealed today that Carell’s final episode would not, in fact, be the season finale as everyone expected, but one month before, in April.

While this news will certainly shock fans that were relishing every last moment of Dunder Mifflin’s (now Sabre, Scranton) Regional Manager, Lieberstein, while speaking with Vulture, explained the decision behind Michael Scott’s early departure and what they’re looking to accomplish with this season’s final four Michael-less episodes:

“Steve will have a number of episodes that dramatize and lead up to Steve leaving. Then we’ll continue on for about four more episodes, and the spring will prove to be not about an actor leaving, but what happens in an office when a manager leaves and the chaos ensues and people vie for the job and are uncertain about their future.”

Of course, with Michael Scott gone, a managerial position opens up and viewers have been speculating who would be filling the shoes of the “World’s Greatest Boss.” While Lieberstein hinted that they’re “talking about guest stars” who could come in and apply for the position, the job will ultimately go to one of the series’ current characters. Currently, Darryl (Craig Robinson), Dwight (Rain Wilson), Andy (Ed Helms) and Kelly (Mindy Kaling) are all in the running.

Previously, we reported that Darryl was hinted at being the most likely candidate, but today Kaling gave an interesting pitch on why it might be good for her character to take over:

“People who aren’t necessarily qualified to be the boss are sometimes put in positions that management hopes they grow into. And the boss [doesn't have] to be the starring role. Most shows are about all the underlings. I could see a world where Kelly becomes the boss, and it’s not a show about Kelly.”

Even though hell might freeze over before Kelly is given the position of Regional Manager, Kaling’s statement touches upon an interesting topic. With Carell gone, The Office has to, on some level, reinvent itself. With one cornerstone character gone, the writers will have to find other avenues to sustain the series’ comedic stylings. Fortunately, it looks like they might just be doing it.

Lieberstein says:

“This time last year there was probably a lot of dread, but right now there’s a lot of excitement. We’re having the kinds of conversations we had in seasons one and two about, ‘What is the show?’ It feels like we … can really influence the show in a way we couldn’t last year. It feels really cool.”

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Despite Lieberstein’s acknowledgment of the writers’ eagerness to persevere, viewers won’t know exactly what potential the series has without Carell until we see the story unfold for ourselves. While many might have their doubts about The Office, we shouldn’t count the series out – the perfectly executed transition from the first to second season most certainly proved that.


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  1. “While many might have their doubts about The Office, we shouldn’t count the series out…”

    Count it out. The show is toast without Carrell. It may limp along for another season or two, but he was clearly the show’s foundation. It was fun while it lasted. (But honestly, it jumped the shark a season or two ago.)

  2. one word……….NO!

  3. booooo

  4. As much as I would like it to it won’t last. Didn’t work for Scrubs and it won’t work with The Office even if Carell does a cameo spot here and there like Braff done with Scrubs in season 9. Season 8 of Scrubs imo was the true series finale(will not count season 9 at all) and season 7 of The Office will be the true finale for this series

  5. Yea I agree with the earlier posts, Carrel is the true heart of this show. Without him the show is errr heartless. This is by far the best character steve carrel has played in an show/movie and I’m sad to see such a great character and actor leave us :(

  6. It will indeed be sad to watch him go. I’d like it if they could handle his leaving, but I won’t get my hopes up.

  7. I gave up on The Office last season. Last season was terrible. It makes me angry how terrible it was. It was one of my favorite shows. Steve Carell is smart for leaving. I haven’t even watched this season because of how wretched last season was.

  8. Oh my goodness! It’s going to be really hard to fill Michael Scott’s shoes – he’s the entire show!! It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

  9. I think Darryl will be the manager because he had a lot of hints even in season 6, where he said that one day he might run the office. also when he said he had big plans for the office in one of the episodes.
    If not him then I would want Creed to do it, kinda scary too!

    Other then that imma miss Steve Carell when he goes, hopefully they will have him guest star

  10. I dont think that the show will ever be teh saem without Steve Carrell, and no matter the quality of episodes they manage to produce after his departure fans will begin to lose interest.

    Persoanlly I think the best person to play the new manager is Andy. I mean, when you think about it he’s the same guy pretty much as Michael Scott. Both ae very socially akward people, both have disastrous reationships with women, both are constantly picked on, both have had several instances of rage on the show, and both are completely oblivious goofballs.

    Making Andy manager would also dtive Dwight mad because of their rivalry. And the excuse for making Andy manager is simple, he WENT TO CORNELL!! Doesn’t get easier to explain than that.

    NO matter what they do the show will probably make through another season at most after it is pulled. I really don’t see the show lasting too long.

    When david Ducovney left teh X-files I thought that the shhow continued to produce high quality episodes but nevertheless fans began to lose interest without their lead.

    The end of the Office is invetable and will come much sooner than later

  11. I agree with everyone who post on this site about the end of the office however, I think that the boss should be no other than Holly cuz she has the same personnality as Michael and as Michael`s girlfriend or expected to be his wife she will be able to manage everyone at the office with Michael`s advice cuz it will be funny if she is pregnant, Michael quits his job and start taking care of their baby,while Holly is at work making a mess of everyone+s life….

  12. That’s what she said!