July 20th, 2010
02:44 PM ET
Many have queried whether or not NBC’s “The Office” should soldier on without Steve Carell’s character Michael Scott, but the 47-year-old “Despicable Me” star thinks it'll do just fine in his absence.
“The show's going to be great,” Carell told Parade.com. “The show has been very consistent and I'm just one part of this ensemble. The show is so strong and has such good writers, it will continue to be great. So the show's not going anywhere."
The actor will clock out of the critically acclaimed series at the end of its seventh season next spring, and he doesn’t appear to anticipate much remorse about dropping his alter-ego.
“I certainly won't be contemplating Michael Scott in 10 to 15 years. I hope he ends up happy. I hope that he finds whatever he's looking for,” Carell said.
But what does inspire nostalgia in Carell is the memory of friendships built throughout the series’ run.
“I will miss all my friends. We've known each other now for seven, eight years,” Carell told Parade. “I mean, it's been a long time since the time we shot the pilot until now, so that's by far what I'll miss the most, the friendships that I've gained there."
Before the new season of “The Office,” you can see Carell star alongside Paul Rudd in “Dinner for Schmucks,” in theaters July 30.
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