Is Craig Robinson Replacing Steve Carell On ‘The Office’?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 8:00 am,

darryl replacing michel scott the office Is Craig Robinson Replacing Steve Carell On The Office?

Last year, when Steve Carell announced his departure from The Office at the end of this season, people began to speculate who, if anyone, could replace the loveable Michael Scott – and become the man in charge of one of the most infamous work environments in television history.

It’s sounding as though Jim and Dwight might be get passed-up for the next Sabre promotion.

E! Online is now hinting that the hilarious, yet imperious, Darryl Philbin (played by Craig Robinson) will be become the new regional manager of Sabre, Scranton (formerly Dunder Mifflin).

Over the next two weeks, we’re really going to start to feel that Michael Scott is on his way out on The Office. Honestly, it’s a little unsettling, but we promise the show isn’t losing its funny just yet. The storylines are starting to nudge Michael in the direction of moving on, and a certain other staff member feeling like it may be time to move up. (And this Dunder Mifflinite’s name rhymes with Jarryl Tilbin.)

It was previously reported that the producers approached Danny McBride and Rhys Darby to join the eclectic Pennsylvanian workforce. Even original series creator Ricky Gervais was mentioned as a possible replacement. Of course, in true Gervais fashion, he quickly shot down that rumor, stating “I can’t get up that early and, as a producer, I get paid anyway.”

Looking at past episodes and noticing Darryl’s steadily increasing story-arc, it’s no surprise that he would be angling for Michael Scott’s job. After being moved up into the central office and taking on more responsibilities, Darryl has become the only sensible replacement from within the existing ranks.

The Office Michael Scott Replacement Is Craig Robinson Replacing Steve Carell On The Office?

Even though Darryl may replace Michael Scott on The Office, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any new additions to the cast. With Carell leaving, The Office will have a relatively large amount of money freed up to bring on some new faces, or even shell out some extra dough to bring in a comedic ringer. Something that may be sorely needed as Robinson’s character is not the extroverted clown that Michael Scott has made himself to be.

Either way, the question still remains whether a series like The Office will be able to survive with the loss of its main character – a character that allowed this series to grow into the Thursday night powerhouse that it currently is.

Like most things in television, I guess that we’ll just have to wait and see.

The Office airs Thursday @9pm, on NBC

Source: E! Online

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  1. I guess there really is no hope in the show ending with Michael Scott’s exit is there? I was an avid fan for years but IMO last season was a colossal letdown (with the exception of the wedding episode.) The Jim and Pam story found a nice end, and with that happening for Michael the series had a wonderful opportunity to build up to a solid finale ala Lost and Battlestar Gallactica.

    And come on, I know the documentary hook has lost it’s way but would the “documentary crew” REALLY stick around after the guy who hired them walks away?

  2. Shade of post-Zach Braff Scrubs. Ick.

    • “Shades”. Let the show go out with dignity.

  3. I’m sure he’s a candidate, but the writers and producers have made it clear that they will highlighting several characters as possible replacements, and they’re not going to leak out any information on who will be replacing Carell until the end of the season.

    The most likely, I think, are (more or less in order):

  4. Even though I know there’s no way it could happen I’d love to see Charlie from
    Its always sunny as manager. He’s friggin hillarious.

  5. This show (like so many before it) lost a lot of steam when the “Will they/won’t they” relationship with Jim and Pam was resolved. They are trying to make a love triangle out of Andy, Erin and Gabe… and they tried to make Dwight and Angela the “will they/won’t they” thing… but none of those characters are as real or as interesting as Jim and Pam were.

  6. Darryl isn’t funny in the least. This would be a horrible choice.

  7. I’d rather have Darryl than Andy. Ed Helms is quite awful.

  8. I don’t see it with darryl. The show and episode premise stem from michael abusing his power as manager to make the employees listen, aid, and followthrough on his bizarre, sexist, stupid, wrong, hilarious ideas.

    As soon as something got out of hand or stupid darryl in his character would simply disappear.

    I love the office. Favorite moments of the office? I think most of them involve michael. And the few others i can think of now involve dwight.
    There needs to be a loose cannon at the helm, but michael only worked because underneath the idiotic powerfreak theres a really kind hearted and morally just dude.

    I don’t think the office survives to much longer, which sucks and i hope im wrong.

    • That’s another excellent point. The show needs a loose canon with a heart of gold at the helm. That is definitely NOT Daryl. If anything, Daryl served as a cool and collected foil to Michael’s insanity. His calm, laid back persona made Steve Carrel’s Michael Scott even funnier in contrast.

      This show will sink fast if Daryl is promoted. I only hope that if Daryl is made manager that it turns into 5 episode arc, like when Jim was promoted, and then he decides to go back to being a warehouse manager.

      Otherwise I see this show going the way of Northern Exposure, another show I loved that died quickly.

  9. No way should Daryl be made manager. There is something that doesn’t gel with how his character is being developed. Granted, he has had some funny lines, but the amount of screen time he gets is just about right- no more, no less. Daryl dispensing pearls of wisdom in an expanded role would fall flat.
    What is missing is the dynamic of Daryl the blue collar worker versus Michael the clueless manager.  One of the funniest episodes was when Michael hung out at the warehouse and was mocked by Darryl for being a “NERF” and being completely out of touch with the common folk.
    It feels like the writers took a likable character, Daryl, and shoehorned him into a position upstairs so he could get more screen time.
    I would compare This to season 6 when Jim was promoted to comanager. Sure, he had some amusing lines, but it was an awkward transition. His character was much more entertaining when he was an equal to Dwight, playing pranks on his nemesis.  

  10. Rhys Darby, just needs to be the same character he was on Flight of the Conchords. boom!

  11. WILL FERREL… he is the man.. to make this show even more EPIC… my second suggestion would be Jim Carey because he is legendary. One of these two NBC or bust