After nine seasons and over 200 episodes, The Office called it quits after most of their plotlines were finally resolved. Fans were, of course, sad to see the show go, and, honestly, not many were thrilled with how the ninth and final season ended. We loved the crazy workers of The Office, but it was time to say goodbye.
That being said, Michael Scott departed from the show in the seventh season when he followed his love, Holly, out to Colorado. Although Michael was a real problem in the office, he was also the team's biggest leader and supporter. Everyone was sad to see him go.
Although The Office ended six years ago, clips and quotes from Michael still float around today. Not only were they outlandish and totally inept for a business atmosphere, but there is no way something so controversial could ever last on TV today. The Office was a special time in our lives, and now we're taking a look at some of Michael's most inappropriate moments from his seven seasons.
10 "I'm very sorry. I did not know you were wearing a hearing aid. I thought you were speaking abnormally."
In the second season, Dwight finally wins the Salesman of the Year Award for his great work at Dunder Mifflin. The only problem is Dwight is obligated to have a thank you speech prepared and he's quite ill-prepared. Jim gives him some pointers on how to conduct the perfect speech, while Michael tags along to relive his glory days.
Once there, Dwight's too afraid to go on stage, so Michael takes the bull by the horns and bombs. At one point, Michael even makes a tone def statement about a man wearing a hearing aid, which was pretty on par for Michael.
9 'I don't understand. We have a day honoring Martin Luther King, but he didn't even work here."
On January 20th, most offices and schools in America have off due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On his actual birthday, it's a day to reflect and celebrate the life of one of the most prestigious men in history. This, of course, means nothing to Michael, who didn't understand why Dunder Mifflin had off from work for a man who "didn't even work here" when his former boss, Ed Truck, passed away. Michael was upset by Ed's passing and did a slew of random things to try and mend his grief... including insulting the iconic MLK.
8 "You'll notice I didn't have anybody being Arab. I thought that would be too... explosive."
The episode "Diversity Day" was one of the funniest and controversial episodes of all time. After Michael made ignorant comments about a racist standup routine by Chris Rock, corporate sent in a rep to give the entire branch a lesson on diversity.
Michael, of course, didn't agree with the representative and did his own cultural lesson, having each office worker "pretend" to be a different race. In response to the races used, he said "you'll notice I didn't have anybody being Arab. I thought that would be too explosive, no pun intended. But I just thought 'too soon' for Arabs. Maybe next year. The ball's in their court." Again... another racist quote that goes against the meaning of a diversity lesson.
7 "Let's go around, and everybody name a race you're sexually attracted to."
We have another "Diversity Day" quote, everybody! Michael really missed the mark in terms of what's appropriate work-talk material. In terms of race, saying which race you're attracted to is just inapt for the workplace. To make things funnier for the show, Dwight actually raised his hand and answered "white and Indian." However, the representative wasn't having any of this. Michael was trying to show that he loved and included all races and ethnicities but ended up being insulting.
6 "If I had a gun with two bullets and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden, and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice."
If you're an Office fan then you're aware of Michael's disdain for Toby, Dunder Mifflin's HR representative. In one scene, Toby called a meeting to go over radon testing. As per usual, Michael was already sick of Toby and his voice, so he started interrupting the meeting for some laughs.
But, after saying that Toby was worse than Hitler and Bin Laden... the office became quiet. Even Dwight said Michael went too far, which is saying something!
5 "Could a rowboat support her?"
Now that Michael is single, he's ready to find the love of his life with a little help from his co-workers. The only problem is, Michael is extremely picky. Pam ends up setting him up with her landlord, but that date goes up in flames once Michael didn't find her pretty enough.
Eventually, Phyllis raises her hand and says she has a single friend who might be interested in Michael. Instead of outright asking what she looks like, Michael tries to find out the woman's weight by asking if a rowboat could support her. Embarrassed, Phillis says no, which upsets Michael once again.
4 "Toby works for corporate, so he's not really part of our family. Also, he's divorced, so he's not really part of his family."
Most of Michael's insulting remarks are towards Toby, which make the viewers pee their pants from laughter but makes everyone else in the office shudder from humiliation. If Dunder Mifflin was a real company and what we were watching wasn't a show, Michael would have been fired many times for his behavior—especially towards an HR rep!
Toby is a quiet guy, but we eventually find out he's a single dad after being divorced. Knowing Toby's wife left him is one of Michael's favorite treasures and sure did drive that point home after claiming Toby was unloved practically everywhere.
3 "Little kid lover. That way, people know exactly where my priorities are at."
At the end of the day, Michael just wants to be loved. He acts like a child and says dumb, intolerable things, but we can't help but feel bad for him when he mourns. He knows the things he does and says are inappropriate, but he can't seem to stop.
Tired of being lonely, Michael tries the whole online-dating-thing and creates a screen name that sums him up in one sentence: Little Kid Lover. Not understanding that there are adults out there who lure little children to their homes, Michael thinks it's a refreshing descriptor of his passion for fatherhood.
2 "And then suddenly, she is not yo' ho no mo'."
In the earlier seasons, Michael is torn between his boss Jan and his relator Carrol. Eventually, he somehow locks Carrol down first, dating for a few months after she sold him his condo. Michel screws it up at the end after photoshopping his head on a picture of her ex-husband. Upset that he was single around the holidays, he goes on a rant about choosing his "bros" before his "hos."
As Michael says, "Bros before hos. Why? Because your bros are always there for you. They've got your back after your ho rips your heart out for no good reason. And you were nothing but great to your ho. And you told her she was the only ho for you. And that she was better than all the other hos in the world. And then, suddenly she is not your ho no mo."
1 "If you are a racist, I will attack you with the north."
In another hilarious "Diversity Day" moment, Michael and Dwight begin filming a short for Diversity Day within the office. Starting off the video, Michael says "Hi. I'm Michael Scott. I'm in charge of Dunder Mifflin Paper Products here in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but I'm also the founder of Diversity Tomorrow, because today is almost over."
Furthering his point, he makes another tone-deaf statement about President Lincoln: "Abraham Lincoln once said that, 'If you're a racist, I will attack you with the North.' And those are the principles that I carry with me in the workplace."