June 29th, 2010
01:52 PM ET

Can 'The Office' go on without Steve Carell?

Offices change personnel all the time -– but when the boss leaves, things can go awry in a hurry.

Could that be the case when Steve Carell leaves “The Office”?

At the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, “Despicable Me,” the actor confirmed that he would leave the popular and Emmy-winning NBC show after it concludes its seventh season next spring.

“I just think it's time," he said. "When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go."

His news was greeted was disappointment, with most CNN.com commenters saying it might be time for “The Office” itself to bow out.

“[It] seems like the cast dynamic is really the star and this changes it too much to overcome,” said Anothercase.

“The show has great characters but I have to say that ‘The Office’ is synonymous with Michael Scott. … Once he leaves, the show's over,” added Xianchic.

Roger Friedman of Hollywoodnews.com agreed: “If 2011 is the end of “The Office,” it’s not such a bad idea. Most TV series go on way past their prime.”

And Joel Keller of TVSquad.com was asking the question two months ago, when word first leaked about Carell’s thinking. “Could 'The Office' go on without Carell? Maybe. Though I'm not sure I'd want it to.”

According to TheWrap.com, NBC has a plan in place for Carell’s departure. "Steve has made comments before, and we are not blindsided by this at all. So we are prepared if we need to deal with it."

NBC wasn’t revealing the plan, of course, so whether it could involve the promotion of an existing “Office” player or the addition of a new one is unknown.

There are a number of TV series that have survived the loss of big stars. “CSI” is still going strong with Laurence Fishburne, and “Law & Order” was a revolving door of lead actors over its 20-year run. (Even Sam Waterston, the rock of the show, didn’t join until the fourth season.)

On the other hand, some TV series immediately lose their footing when a lead performer departs. “Welcome Back, Kotter” was gone almost as soon as John Travolta left. “That ‘70s Show” only lasted a year after Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher bowed out; “Northern Exposure” suffered after Rob Morrow took off.

And there were plenty of complaints about “American Idol” (not to mention declining ratings) in its first post-Paula Abdul season. (Who knows what will happen now that Simon Cowell’s not coming back?)

What do you think “The Office” should do after Carell leaves?


soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. brendan

    two words will save this show, "yea hi"

    April 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MIke Danners

    I like the idea of Carrell's character quitting the office, then having to come back and runt he company by himself for the last episode of the show. Just like Cheers ended with Sam tending bar, we're left to think Sam is still there at the bar and things are right in the world. Carrell's character would be thought of there forever. Either that, or have him rehire everyone and then end the show. No "Office" without Carrell!

    September 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    I think they would be missing a great opportunity if they didn't try at least one season without Carrell. The change in dynamics could be very interesting. Besides, I'm a little tired of the four leads, and would like to see more of the rest of the cast–in particular Andy and Kelly. I would love to see a series based on those two.

    August 11, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. just a thought

    Dwight Shrute becomes regional manager, and along comes Jen, Moss and Roy from the IT Crowd! And they've come from Europe to pull Dunder Mifflin (Sabre)' s IT up-to-date only to be confronted and criticized by wonderkins Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor. Confrontations and interaction between Dwight Shrute and Moss control freaks; Jim Halpert explains to Roy what it means to be powerful and successful in America all-the-while being a parent. Pam explains to Jen why comfortable white Keds are all the rage in Pennsylvania, not designer high heels three sizes too small. It could work.

    July 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. officefan

    Whoever wrote this clearly does not watch the office.

    June 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    With Steve leaving, NBC should really let this show rest in piece. It's cruelty if they force viewers to sit through additional seasons when the show's past its creative prime and the original cast members are beginning to say their goodbyes. With that said, we've compiled a list of some other shows that we'll probably be saying goodbye to next year as well (or at least we *should* be saying goodbye to)! http://www.thesmogger.com/2010/06/30/will-dunder-mifflin-give-out-severance-pay/

    June 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Victor

    CLOSE SHOP

    June 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Doug

    Clark, there is a big difference between Gary Cole and Gary Coleman. Cole alive; Coleman dead

    June 30, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. sinma

    Steve crying pics ?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. John

    Yes it can, as long as the replacement is "very funny", I am talking stand-up funny and not a carbon copy of the character. The show should change the office with a new set and new outdoor environment to reflect the natural growth and changes that take effect after a merger or aquisition. And it should add a couple of cast members, while slowly phasing less popular cast memebers out. Some of the supporting characters are just played out.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Clark

    Doug – Gary Coleman is dead

    June 30, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Big John

    The show hasn't been funny since it started making Jim and Pam's relationship the focus of the show.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chris MacDonald

    3 Words: Jim Halpert. Promotion.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Doug

    Replace Steve Carell with Gary Cole reprising his role in Office Space as Bill Lumbergh

    June 30, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. John Bledsoe

    I hope that The Office dies when Carell leaves. It's a horrible show. But then again is most of NBC's lineup.
    NBC = Nothing But Crap.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  16. Chrispy

    This show started going downhill once Pam and Jim got married, and went off a cliff when they had a kid. They should kill the show. Carrell doesn't want to be the last one to leave a party. Like they say, always leave them wanting more.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  17. Rick

    This show has not been funny since the wedding. Steve is smart to leave.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  18. gardencyclone

    Yes ... please put Michael and Holly together ... and if David Brent came onboard with Dunder Mifflin, the show would completely still rock hard! I LOVE the UK show ... please, Ricky Gervais ... just a couple seasons?

    June 30, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  19. E Unit

    Offer Ricky Gervais a TON of money to do one season along with Carell, then close the curtains. Have David Brent go up against Michael Scott. Let then have some fun before ending the show. But it does need to end before it stales.

    June 30, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  20. Vic

    It is amazing when an actor/actress leave a tv sitcom that they are highly succesful drop like a bomb in anything else they attempt to do. cheers??? andy griffith???? seinfield?????

    June 30, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  21. yoyo

    I hate to see Michael leave. But frankly, his routine is getting a little old. Not his fault, it's just it's the same un-PC guy week to week. Also, The Office has done well adding new characters like Andy and Erin. I say bring someone new in and give it a shot – the writing is what makes the show.

    June 30, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I said the same above. Michael's schtick grew old after the 2nd year or so. It got embarassing and pathetic at times and wasn't even the finniest part of the show. Andy, Dwight, Jim, Kevin and Darryl are 10 times funnier and can have more storylines. I think Carell was holding the show back the last year or so.

      June 30, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  22. jeff

    Carell knows the show is not nearly what it once was. The laughs are fewer, the plots are weaker and the direction of the show has spun way off course. He is leaving the show because he sees that the show has lost its momentum and it's time for the show to retire itself. Hopefully, the writers will return one last season and wrap up the series in a hilarious way, however, I fear that the writers have lost their edge.

    June 30, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  23. Chris

    OK, who else from the Jon Stewart staff can be grabbed? What about Samantha Bee, John Oliver, or Jason Jones? Even Aasif Mandvi could be an interesting twist.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  24. Mike

    Without Steve Carell the show will not make it. Time to call it quits.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  25. Big R

    Yeah its time...its been time. Nobody loved The Office more than me, but its been less than great the last few years. Watch a rerun from the first couple seasons (when it was great) and it doesn't seem like the same show....back before the continuous love sagas...

    June 30, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  26. DanBoy36

    Promote Andy (Ed Helms) to manager of the Scranton branch. He's not Steve Carell, but Ed is amazingly talented and really funny. He can sing, really dance, play instruments, and improvise dialogue. It'd be much better to promote a character than to bring in somebody completely new from outside into such a key role.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  27. Bobby D

    I think they need to replace him with Ricky Gervais. I think Gervais would be the perfect person for the job.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  28. Jim

    He is awful and the show is not funny. Irritating comes to mind. The brilliance of the British version was skunked up as usual by the American pablum we call "good" television.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  29. Austin

    What should The Office do when Carrell leaves...? Throw a freaking party...! I love the show, but can't stand Carrell's character, which is both deeply disturbed and disturbing. Funny? Not.

    Having said all that, I think that Steve's 'boss' character is great when he's (rarely) down to earth in a dramatic way and playing the part of an actual human being. The guy definitely has some range. But all the over-the-top, ridiculously idiotic, fingernails-on-a-chalkboard stuff just isn't funny – it's mentally ill.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  30. Peggy707

    It could go on if Drew Carey or Alec Baldwin took over – that could be interesting. Other than that, no go.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  31. skip

    the only other person that could keep the show as funny as steve carell is will ferrel and that aint happenin. end of an era. great show.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  32. Andrew

    I'm a Brit who moved to the US after watching and loving the UK Office. When I heard that they were going to make an American Office, I thought it would be a disaster. However, after finally getting into it, I actually now find Steve Carell's character significantly funnier than gervais' original character. Carrell is the only reason I watch it. A comic genius. Would certainly not want Gervais (very limited acting ability) to take over.

    For the record Dwight's UK counterpart, Gareth, was so much funnier.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  33. john

    bring in gervais and carrell would be forgotten though it doubtful gervais would have interest in helping the american version.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  34. byan Wong

    The last season will be a blast to watch. But after that....Shut it down.

    June 30, 2010 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  35. sarah

    To everyone who said "Ricky gervais" I didn't even think of that, but that could possibly FIX the office and make it like 100 times better..it would be super amazing even after 7 seasons and after the wedding and after all that other stuff..like a rejuvination. I'm jumping on the Ricky Gervais bandwagon!

    June 30, 2010 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  36. joe

    It was barely watchable with him.... not watchable without.

    June 30, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  37. lawlity

    at least erin can go into adult films now... i'll help her out

    June 30, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  38. what

    Kill the show... unless you can find a direct replacement. Its unlikely.

    June 30, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  39. kazz

    no

    June 30, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  40. jeffrey

    The office is the most retarded,non-funny show.....ever.I don't get what the fuss is about.I've watched 3 episodes and didn't laugh once.I never even smiled.Dumbest show ever made.I'm serious.

    June 30, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      you are probably used to fart jokes and laugh tracks. It's okay... It's hard to get this kind of humor for some types of people.

      June 30, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  41. Rich

    With some brilliant writing and casting, it could be fine, but I worry about the possibility they'll do what happened with Parks and Recreation – try to create a knockoff clone of Michael Scott. I think a great replacement would be someone with the characteristics of "George" from Seinfeld. Neurotic and prone to making big mistakes, but not an utter idiot like Michael Scott.

    June 30, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  42. Club80

    I honestly didn't realize the show was still on the air.

    June 30, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  43. faisal

    it shouldnt be the end of office, i hardly watch this show but heard lot about it. like steve got popularity after stepping into acting may be its time for someone else to gain popularity thru this show. not means that steve's career is over. wishins good luck who ever is his replacement.

    June 30, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  44. Ben

    Stephen Colbert could easily replace him. Remember, it is an ensemble cast which means losing one out of 15 characters isn't as big a deal as a show such as Dexter losing Michael C. Hall or House losing Hugh Laurie. Think about it. That being said, it still is a pretty big loss. I still think with Stephen Colbert and Ed Helms and the rest of the cast the show would still be great. It has great writers.

    – Your Mom

    June 30, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  45. rob

    They should bring in the young guns to replace mike. I fit his jacket too, and I am young. I can improve like no other. I am actually improving right now. NBC what do you think of that. hire me to be his protege and then his replacement when he leaves. Keep the show fresh and funny.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  46. Dave

    Steve Carell leaving "The Office" would be like LeBron James leaving the Cavaliers this year and then expecting the Cavaliers to be just as good without him. Carell is the star of the show and by far the funniest guy on it, if you lose him the show just won't be as funny anymore. Besides "The Office" has always been and always will be a poor man's version of "Arrested Development." It is time for this show to go.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I disagree. I think Rainn Wilson is the funniest guy on the show and Creed Bratton and Brian Baumgautner are just about as funny as Steve Carell on the show. Steve is extremely funny but on the show, his character isn't meant to be funny so much as awkward. A few friends of mine hate his character but really appreciate how good of an actor he is since they love him meaning he must be a great actor to portray such a hatable character. I, personally don't hate the character, but I do think he is meant to be awkward as opposed to funny. The funny parts of the show are the responses of the other characters to him.

      June 30, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  47. gphx

    Maybe we should be asking how many actor's careers have cratered after leaving a hit show? I like the Michael Scott role well enough but honestly I enjoy the parts featuring the others better. While Michael is funny he's also annoying where the others are just funny. Make Holly the new boss, she's just like Michael anyway.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  48. Sheriff of Boone County

    Ricky Gervais' David Brent character from the British version could replace him, but other than him, I don't think the show would work without Michael Scott.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  49. braluk

    The best way to keep this show going is to phase Michael out in the coming seasons. By that, I mean, continue to have Michael in the shows, but to not focus so much of the storyline on him as much anymore. Shows where the lead characters leave tend to fail because the show suddenly changes direction, and the viewers are left feeling that the show is drastically different and unsavory. Slowly excluding Michael from show time and including more storyline and comedy from the shows other characters is probably the best way to keep the show alive. Whether it should continue or not is another question. Personally, I think the show has reached its prime and should probably finish. The majority of the show has reaches its storyline endpoints (e.g Pam and Jim marrying) or will likely reach them by the end of the seventh season. I think NBC would likely do better with ratings in the long run when ending a show when time is due, versus dragging it out and losing viewers long term when people stop becoming interested in tuning in at that time due to a beloved show being run into the ground.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  50. Squeeker

    Would someone PLEASE put a bullet in this awful show!! I have watched it and watched it waiting for something to evolve and all I get is goosebumps from how annoying Micheal and Dwight are. I NEVER get a good laugh out of it – STOP IT already!!

    June 30, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  51. Mos_Far

    I'm deeply asking from graet Mr. Carell not to leave the show, by far "The Office" is the best comedy of 2000s,
    and without him, means a Human without Heart.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  52. Undertainer

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=136662999692610&ref=mf

    Replace Steve carell with Rob Corddry on the OFFICE

    Join the page and lets see if we can pull a betty white here.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  53. Mark

    WIll Arnett –> new boss...nuf said.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  54. hank

    i think Will Arnett (who played GOB from Arrested Development and Devon from 30 rock) would be an awesome replacement for Michael.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  55. joe b

    I have the perfect solution! Hire mEE! I'm witty and unique. :)

    June 30, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  56. Lori

    That would be a good time to end the show. Most series don't last after a lead exits.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  57. Mark C

    I doubt he'll leave. After year 7 is generally known as the time sitcom stars cash in, as their contracts expire. And it doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone else that the best way to maximize your raise is to act like you might leave?

    June 30, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  58. im president charley

    the shows been terrible with him for the last few seasons- get out quick carrell

    June 30, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  59. rp080

    Sam Waterston was not THE rock of Law and Order, S. Epatha Merkerson was. Not saying that I didn't like his character...

    June 30, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  60. Patrick

    Bring on Gervais for a season or two. I could see that bringing the whole concept
    home.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  61. Marc

    I have been an office fan for a long time and I have to say, I think the only way that this show can go on with out "Michael" as the leading character, is if "Darryl" were to step in as the new manager. In my opinion, he is the only other character in the show with a comedic presence strong enough to change the dynamics of an entire episode.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  62. alxn

    I dont know how this show has gone this far WITH him in it.. Iv tried it a few times, I cannot explain why I dont laugh, and I watch tv all the time. The only good or cute thing about the show is the receptionist and his relationship issue with the guy. Other than that I never laugh, I think I get it but its just not funny. Steve Carrel is funny I mean, 40 year old virgin, Get Smart, and the funniest scene of Bruce Almighty.. but on this show he just doesnt shine along with the writing and stories about a fu***** office. Who wants to watch a comedy about an office after getting home from working at the office.. I really dont know how this show has lasted this long.. He and the show wont be missed.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  63. Michael

    His contract is over. He's just playing hardball. He will sign a really nice contract.

    June 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Chris

    I realize the obvious choice for Michael Scott is David Brent, but realistically, that just won't happen. However, anybody that has ever seen the show "Flight of the Conchords" has to think that Murray, the Band Manager, would be the perfect character to take over. Murray is an office Manager that takes attendance, on a post it note, for a 2 person meeting. He unplugs his computer just to have an excuse to talk to the cute IT girl. He's a hilarious stereotype of an office workaholic.

    June 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Kris

    DOOOOOON`T DO IT MICHAEL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I DECLARE BANKRUPTCYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

    June 29, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Heath

    The question is whether you think the show will go on without Steve Carrell so if you've decided to take this opportunity to tell the world that you think the Office sucks then you are dumb. The show is clearly successful, whether you like it or not, which is why nobody is asking for you opinion on whether or not it is good.

    Anyways, I imagine NBC will try to keep the show going but I hope they see the long term gains in their integrity, which is still damaged in my mind from the Conan debacle, from ending the show at the perfect time.

    I think if they keep going without Carrell, they will run it into the ground like X-Files or any number of shows that go way past their prime.

    To me this show has been almost always hilarious and solid even at it's worst. I would love to remember it that way in five years.

    Please wrap the show, NBC.

    June 29, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Steve

    I vote for Ricky Gervais

    June 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  68. matt

    Carrell makes that show, that guy is truely hiliarious i'm hoping he does a few more movies. 40-year old virgin was a classic and of course Miceal Scott, the guy we all know that constantly puts his foot in his mouth. lol

    June 29, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Fred

    Adios, then. How refreshing. An "artist" unaffected by the promise of a larger paycheck.

    June 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Dave

    Without Carell, the show is dead. He is the show.

    June 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  71. CF

    Still, Michael Scott and his injection of "that's what she said" into the conversation is hilarious! Good luck to the show, I hope it keeps going on for a bit longer!

    June 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Warnner

    The show was "turrible" from the beginning. Probably the worst, but conversely, most successful thing Carrell has ever done. And Ricky Gervais, he takes awful to another level. The show should die now.

    June 29, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Ed

    @ C. Miller.
    I agree, Jim and Dwight make the show..Michaels stuff got old after the first year..Just lame without the supporting cast..

    June 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Shaun

    The only person that could replace Michael Scott would be Todd Packer. By some sort of default, Dwight would be given the reins....he screws up, so they bring in the big gun...Todd Packer. It would be awesome.

    June 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Todd Packer would be the best replacementfor Michael Scott. He is only one that can control the room when he enters like michael scott. jim and dwight feed off eacher other great, especially with andy in the mix but the PACKMAN is the king. Who has 2 thunbs and wants to see todd packer replace michael scott... THIS GUY!

      December 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. C. Miller

    Actually I think the show might get better. Carell hit his stride in the 2nd and 3rd year. Right now Michael's schtick is way too embarassing and it gets to the point where its not funny but pathetic. I think having Dwight and Jim manage would be hilarious. Give Andy more screen time and I'd watch without a doubt.

    June 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Ed

    End the show with Stephen Colbert as the antagonist.

    June 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      That's a brilliant idea! Would love to see Colbert in a villainous management role. As for the departure of Michael, I think the show can survive with new characters and story angles that reflect the approach in the earlier seasons, i.e., more episodic and based on one or two silly events a la Seinfeld rather than a comedic soap opera featuring Jim and Pam. Once an ensemble show gets too wrapped up in the relationship between two characters, it's ultimately doomed because there are only so many interesting things you can do with them. (That's what she said.)

      June 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  77. james

    I can't wait for this show to stop wasting space on television. With all of the real BS that is happening in real offices, I can't imagine why anyone would torture themselves to watch these idiots on television.

    June 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • riptaway

      obviously you were born without a sense of humor. i feel sorry for you

      June 30, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  78. Joe

    With Carell or without, this show is overrated and never has been as good as the BBC Office (which only lasted 2 seasons). I say end it with season 7.

    June 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Jonathan F

    There is no Office without Steve. They shouldn't even try. It will just be a ratings disaster.

    June 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Kenneth Rickson

    Norm MacDonald would be a good replacement.

    June 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      I was originally thinking David Brent but when you suggested Norm Macdonald I thought that would be awesome

      June 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Monica

    He can't leave!!1 it wont be the same

    June 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Milf Biggenson

    The last shot of the last show should be Saber introducing a recently landed David Brent as the replacement and fade out. That would be epic. A melding of both shows done tastefully and we're left with only our imaginations at how bad things could only get with Brent at the helm.

    June 29, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Tony

    Let's get Ricky Gervais on there. He's becoming quite popular around here. He's done it before so why not!?

    June 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  84. CeeFoR

    People actually watch The Office? Steve Carrell? Who is that?

    June 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  85. not

    Carell keeps this showing floating, his nutty comedy is why it is still working. The original story lines that used to keep it up are done and played out. Without Carell there are not more laughs cept the laugh track.

    June 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  86. duketg

    Jim and Dwight and co-managers would be something to see. Still, we need only look at Scrubs as an example of what happens when a good show goes on too long.

    The horror!

    June 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Dave

    It is probably time for a change for the show anyway. Depending on what they do the show could actually benefit from it. My wife loved the show but got tired of the same old same old Michael situations, so creating new situations could actually really benefit it as long as they stay true to real office situations. My favorite part of any show was the fire drill and that didn't even really involve Michael . . .

    June 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Hedgie

    Yes it can go on! His character is been running on fumes anyway. Michael Scott has become tired and boring. Bringing in a new character early in the season will help with the transition for Michael Scott's exit.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Brian K

    Patrick and I were thinking alike - although I disagree that Kirstie was funnier than Shelley. They were different, but the show worked well with both of them. The Office could work even without Carrell.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Brian K

    It could go on if handled the right way. A good ensemble show can handle the loss of one of the stars (ask Shelley Long) and continue to thrive. My favorite part of the show has always been Jim and Dwight anyhow. I agree - let them co-manage the office!

    June 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Patrick

    It can easily go on. Its definately an ensemble cast. Just like Cheers when Shelley Long left, they had great characters remain and added Kirstie Alley who was even funnier.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  92. jon

    The only replacement for Micheal Scott aka Steve Carrel.... Ricky Gervais plain and simple

    June 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • hhb

      Bingo! Ricky Gervais would be an amazing person to bring on the show. He could reprise his old character David Brent. Maybe it's Dunder Mifflin's bid to bring in an English import (that sorta thing has a lot of clout). Hilarity ensues.

      June 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  93. ward

    I might finally watch it if they got somebody good.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  94. mark nyc

    alright, folks. who jumped the shark this time?

    June 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  95. greg

    I think it can go on. I'd personally like to see Jim and Dwight run the company as co-partners or whatever. Their dynamic cracks me up.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  96. jeremiah

    they should actually get ricky gervais. Throw him into the mix as the new boss.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      I was thinking the same thing they should have Ricky Gervais reprise his role as David Brent on the American Office

      June 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  97. george

    The question isn't whether The Office can survive without Steve Carrell – it's whether it can survive with him. Or rather, with Michael Scott. For the last couple of seasons, the writers have turned him from bumbling and well-meaning (ala Ricky Gervais character David Brent in the original) to mean spirited and cruel (outing Stanley's affair, throwing away car keys to block a hospital emergency entrance (!), dumping Pam's mom, gossipping, backstabbing – I could go on and on. What are the writers thinking? This show is still funny – but in spite of Michael Scott, not because of him.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Wow, did we watch the same show? David Brent was many things, but bumbling and well meaning were not on the list. I thought he was mean spirited and cruel from the very beginning. Michael Scott's biggest problem is the need for everyone to like him.

      June 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • f

      WORD

      June 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Dan

    The bit parts he played in some of his first movies were awesome but as a leading actor...not so much. I loved 40 Year Old Virgin but the rest of them...Evan Almighty, Dan in Real Life, Get Smart, Date Night...total crap. He's sold out just like Will Farrell has. The Office is his true claim to fame. It will flounder without him and so will he.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Greg

    Is Ted McGinley available? This is usually about when he shows up.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • allanburnz

      HA HHHA HAH HAHHAAAAA!

      June 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      That was funny. It made me think of John C. McGinley from Office Space and Scrubs. I think he would make an excellent new boss for the show. I think he would fit the shows character dynamic, bring new energy and be the right person for the job.

      June 30, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  100. Anna

    It will be very sad to see Michael leave Dunder Mifflin but I think the show could go on. There are many dynamic characters and new storylines that have potential. I think Michael and Holly definitely should end up getting married and Michael can have those kids he always wanted! Then promote someone else to Michael's job and continue the hilarity. I also like the new romance between Andy and Erin. That could continue into an ongoing storyline.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Drew

    I think the show would still do very well without Steve. They have built the character up of so many of the other people on the show that I do not think it would lack that much. They just need to come up with a good story line for his departure, and then also bring in someone to take his spot. I think Zach Galifianakis would be great for this role. All in all, there is no reason to end a show that is still on top. If they take a shot at doing it without Steve and it is not much of a success, then they can the end the show the right way. But, no reason to end the show while it will still have viewers and be on top. Who knows, the show could end up getting more viewers without him...

    June 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dm

      Zach Galifianakis would be awesome! I'd watch it then!!

      June 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueCat

      I don't see why the show could not continue without Steve Carell. A work place setting without major cast changes is even more unrealistic than the show already is. Cheers was great with Woody after Coach died, and even had a few good years after Diane left. Mash not only survived the 'death' of its first CO, but Hawkeye's side kick and nemisis characters both changed and the show just continued to get better. With good writing and casting, the Office may be reborn. If anything, surviving a change in cast chemistry is what makes a truly great show truly great. As long as the network gives the new cast a chance to hit their stride before yanking it. Will Steve Carell regret leaving? Now lets see, what exactly did Shelly Long DO after she left Cheers?

      June 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Brett

    ditcka, I have to agree. His movies are pretty funny, but I don't see how he can continue to stay in the spotlight based solely on his movies. They just don't attract the kind of attention that the show does. It's probably the best show on television.

    I think the only way they can keep the Office going is if they promote Andy, Kelly or the guy from the warehouse... What's his name? The black guy.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Suzanne

    I'm really bummed that he has decided to leave, I think he should keep his "day job" and not let the fans of the show down.

    June 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  104. ditcka

    ok, his movies are funny, but nothing like this show.

    June 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  105. ditcka

    He should stick around for a bit more. I dont think it can really do well without him unless they bring in an unknown actor who just kills it. You cant put in someone famous, or there will be expectations. his movies are ok at best, so this is a bummer.

    June 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Kristin

    I think "The Office" is an amazing show, but I don't think it would work without any of its characters; especially Michael Scott. The show has already lost a bit of what it once had as it is, and I think Steve's last season would be a great place to end it...just as long as Michael and Holly end up together. :)

    June 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I agree totally. They've already hinted at Holly's return, so bring her back, get them together and end the show.

      I would much rather see it end on a relatively high note than to limp along and have to be put out of its misery.

      Of course NBC will never do this. They're still reeling from the prime time Leno debacle, and are hurting for hits. They'll no doubt try to go on, wringing every last dime they can get from the show.

      June 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tinytony

      holly does hold a candle to jan, in any respect on the show.

      June 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • TWSS

      Are you kidding. Holly is female Michael. She treats him with respect, and he really loves her.

      June 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      I agree with tinytony – of course holly is a better "fit" for michael, if we were talking about a real-life romance... but in terms of a character, Jan rocks! Jan's transformation from confident businesswoman to nutty housewife was both convincing and delightful, a real triumph of character development. I don't think she and Michael can / should marry, from a narrative perspective, but anything that happened between them would be way funnier and more interesting than the Michael / Holly dynamic. Michael and Holly "make sense", if you were setting them up on a date, but they aren't nearly as funny.

      June 30, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ThatChick

      I love The Office and really hope this isn't another negotiation tactic. If Mike goes, then maybe Jim can replace him??

      June 30, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  107. lol

    Can Siegfried go on without Roy?

    June 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tinytony

      there are alot worse shows on tv, who knows it might work. steve carrell will be missed but everyone is replaceable on tv and in real life. his character, seems to be lost without his fiance, the boss. it also looks like the show's producers are trying to develope other characters more fully for future years. good luck michael, the best boss I never had.

      June 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Fece McGee

    Hire me!

    June 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • himi jendrix

      Sorry, you don't fit the jacket

      June 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary

      Thats what she said.

      June 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted

      Steve Carell leaving + The Office continuing = Fonzi's Shark Jump

      June 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Ricky Gervais could be the new boss.

      June 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      YES!!!! RICKY GERVAIS!!! Michael Scott was nothing before David Brent

      June 30, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Smit

      In my opinion, anyone from "The Frat Pack" will do...I can't name anyone in particular off the top of my head.

      June 30, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • michael

      nooooo!

      June 30, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen M.

      One word — 'Ricky Gervais'. Otherwise, it's time to go.

      June 30, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bo Jackson

      Well. The Office had a good run. Bo knows good runs. Wrap it up.

      June 30, 2010 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jewelsmom

      Get honest all, this story's "leak" is timed during negotiations. Smells like Carrell is looking for a BIG raise if he stays on (back by popular demand). Who in their right mind wouldn't put off their B movie career for a shot at guaranteed doubling of your paycheck if you stay a few more years. He's got a really good agent if this is what is going on.

      June 30, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • BTFU

      Hey it worked when the cast from SCRUBS moved on.... OH WAIT...

      June 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dwight4Prez

      If they do end up killing the series I think the perfect ending would be for "Michael" to leave so that he could date Holly and then have him turn the office over to Dwight. Then go an episode or two where Dwight basically drives everyone off one by one until he is literally trying to run the business by himself. The End.

      Or, we could just keep the party going and pay Steve Carell whatever he wants so that I have something entertaining to watch during the week.......just a thought.

      June 30, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Bethlyn

      Steve was definitely the man I loved to hate. Why not have his long lost brother suddenly come in to take over, after building him up as more of a "normal" guy, then once he takes the reigns let the office face the sudden realization that he's even "worse" than Steve – but different. At first I'm sure the 'office' will start to miss the "bad" side of Steve when faced with the prospect of a 'goody 2 shoes' until his brother proves himself worse.

      June 30, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • karyn southwell

      I dont wacth the show but I think yes it could. ER survied without George Clooney after he left and Law and Order did well with all there cast change also. Im sure people will miss him whens hes gone (like I missed George)but I still wacthed and so did the folks.

      July 10, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |

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