Why Steve Carell isn't returning for 'Office' finale
March 5th, 2013
04:42 PM ET

Why Steve Carell isn't returning for 'Office' finale

Steve Carell's Michael Scott already said farewell to "The Office," and the actor isn't planning on doing it again.

The reason he didn't want to join in when the series comes to an end on May 16, Carell told CNN, is because it just didn't seem to be in character.

"I figured the character would go back and visit everybody, but he wouldn't do it on camera at this point," he said. "I think he had grown past the idea of being in the documentary, that was my take on it. That [Michael Scott] had said goodbye to that aspect of his life, that that's not what was important to him. I just thought, yeah he'd go back and visit, but he wouldn't want the camera crew to be documenting it."

(Indeed, in Carell's goodbye episode, he happily handed over his mic to the camera crew at the airport.)

Since Carell left the comedy, which has run for nine seasons on NBC, the actor has been primarily working on film projects and will next appear in the comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."

Carell stars as a magician (yes, named Burt Wonderstone) who's turned into "a bit of an egomaniac and a jerk" in the midst of his successful career, Carell said.

"He is a guy who found magic as a kid, and it sort of gave him a purpose," he explained of his character. "[He] becomes best friends with [Steve Buscemi's Anton Marvelton], who eventually is his magic partner. They become incredibly big Vegas successes, they're the toast of the town, but after years and years of doing it, they have soured. And that's kind of a fun thing to watch, someone who needs to find the love again - find his friendship, find the love of magic, find out what made him a decent person in the first place."

But while he's busy with movies - his next two projects include "Despicable Me 2" and "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" - he isn't totally done with TV.

"I'm pretty busy right now, which is great," he told CNN, "but I would never say never."

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Susan Pinktips

    carell has a unique character and one that could be interesting.

    March 11, 2013 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. 2k13--not carell.

    church lady

    March 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Suffocation

    poor steve.

    March 10, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. she must BS carell all the time with different blog versions

    thank goodness we save all the copies since 8/28

    March 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. In conclusion of this 6 1/2 month bore of analysis...

    this cute little papa project is so they can keep tabs on carell....geeze i'm starving...

    have a fun day everyone...k?

    March 9, 2013 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve is too boxed in...

    he truly needs an outsider around him...not take him away but he needs another type of friend....the other one
    just chokes him too death.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. serafee

    goin w/him keeps mth shut

    March 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. trending

    you clearly didnt get the messege at all -__- instead of worrying about spelling learn how to read dummy.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Her

    married and a nasty dud

    March 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. reposted: trending

    THANKYOU! START WITH ME nobody cares this is a blog lol "public forum" its a blog period i have a 60k a year job and in a masters program on my way to a better salary spelling your and you're had no effect on that you lame ass.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. trending

    2013 the year of the grade school english teachers.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. trending

    if you are measuring intelligence based on someones grammar skills your pretty much an idiot yourself.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      This is pretty funny. You mis-spelled someone's and you spelled you're wrong. You said 'your' and it should be you're. So it's funny for you to criticize another person's grammar. And you spelled know wrong. And it IS important to do/spell things right. Especially in a public forum where other people will see it. IF you want to be considered as someone who knows what you're talking about. If you want to use abbreviations when you text, that is one thing. But when you write, in a public forum, you should at least TRY to spell things right.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |

      nobody cares.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • trending

      THANKYOU! START WITH ME nobody cares this is a blog lol "public forum" its a blog period i have a 60k a year job and in a masters program on my way to a better salary spelling your and you're had no effect on that you lame ass.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thats too bad

      you have to deal with other bloggers if you don't like it then go

      March 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • trending

      look at you putting with all your punctuation and proper grammer skills in your post lol I TAKE YOU SO SERIOUS NOW lol you are REALLY blowing us people away with your impeccable skills

      March 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. trending

    you no what really is lame this new GRAMMAR trending thing where everyone is correcting peoples grammar as if a blog needs to be professional. Its annoying (please people stop correcting the no's to know's) and most likely people know the difference they are just trying to get their messege across quicker by using abbreviations

    March 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. carell sucks

    why can i never see carell but he can always see me...he sucks.

    March 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • the man

      are you kidding me? you look like an absolute idiot and there is no way in hell you make 60k a year i'll bet on that bro. retard

      April 11, 2013 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Carell took the hit...

    who else is so interested in funds 24 hours a day.

    March 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. T.

    can we try too talk more? its ok..xo.

    March 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  17. i'm hungry

    yes mission accomplished

    March 7, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  18. kh4815162342

    He is looking handsome these days!

    March 7, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  19. where's carell

    i need to see that hunk o mania shortly...

    March 7, 2013 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  20. Vito--in

    i do it...however my mouth is shut....the bimbo blogger...her blogging days are over.

    March 7, 2013 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  21. knight-I love my kardashians

    heck i've done it but i keep my mouth shut–he needs to stop talking about you completely -

    March 7, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  22. No Issues with Carell...

    we just can't figure out why bimbos know about it also....the kardashians forge ahead today...

    we're not going too be concerned over a chick with no pride....

    March 7, 2013 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  23. UnPlug Please...

    She has her first foot in poop already...we just need the second one.....

    March 7, 2013 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  24. Joseph

    He's to busy making crappy movies.

    March 7, 2013 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |


    March 7, 2013 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • enuff-go away now.

      don't know her, don't care too know her she's not our kind.

      March 7, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  26. Tolerance Level-Carell

    i find it amazing what Carell puts up with day and day out....it truly is amazing in these times...

    March 7, 2013 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  27. boo...

    the name boo does not pertain too honey boo boo....boo is name of affection...beyonce calls jay z boo...

    its means teddy bear etc–when i try to catch your eye don't snap your head away from me...

    your so shy...

    March 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. all


    March 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  29. LEe

    michal scott needs to come back

    March 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Please

    have you ever done it in the bathroom of a plane

    March 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Kara Altman

    Years ago, I was flying first class from Seattle to Las Vegas. I was seated next to a man, who turned out to be Steve Carrell. We were a good hour into the flight – and a lovely conversation – before I recognized him as the news anchor from Bruce Almighty. Steve is a wonderful person, and very friendly. I'll never forget that flight.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Aunt Mo


    March 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Maureen

    Because he's a jerk! He shouldn't have left in the first place and since he did he should have been respectful enough to the show that catapulted his career and the cast/crew. I have lost all respect for him

    March 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • No he isn't


      March 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • terryjackson1nyc

      It wasn't The Office that made Carell a star. It was his involvement with Comedy Central's The Daily Show, which has launched many other careers, that made Carell a household name. He was in films like Bruce Almighty and Anchorman before The Office came around. And he was in the process of filming his break-out hit, The 40-Year-Old VIrgin, before The Office premiered.

      It's easy to look at the careers of entertainers and feel like we have a right to judge their decisions, but Carell has been true to himself and he's never prematurely left any project. He is a consummate professional and it saddens me that there are people who can't tell the difference between an actor who knows what's best for him and an actor who is trying to take advantage at the cost of others. The Office has survived without Carell and he has appeared as a guest on The Daily Show quite a few times.

      Give the man some respect. He deserves it.

      March 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Focus Steve

    your fans simply want you around.

    March 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Steve

    is the cutest man ever...

    March 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Made A BeeLine

    Carell is by far and adorable man and loved by all...we want him around forever.

    March 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Carell

    does NOT deserve to be treated in this manner.

    March 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  38. MaryAnne & MaryGrace


    March 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Janine

    After all these months she did not figure out your talking to air 99% of the time...


    March 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. The show is at its prime..

    and loaded with personality and charm...go for it.

    March 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Talking Too Nothing

    See what i mean?

    March 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Observer

    Niether Carrell nor "The Office" will be missed. Completely irrelevant.

    March 6, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • theduke

      kinda like yourself

      March 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Set Up

      like her.

      March 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janine

      after all these she's still falling for air talk...did she check too see who's calling you.......NOBODY


      March 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • If you feel carell is not relevant.


      March 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observing Observer

      Apparently relevant enough to draw your attention to the article, to logging in, and to commenting. Man, you are one bored, unoriginal dude, aren't you?

      March 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Steve is wrong

    I'm not a fan of the show but even I know that Carrell's character was a big part of it and true fans will be very disappointed. Why can't Carrell say goodbye again to the show that helped build his career?

    March 6, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  44. Rock

    It doesnt matter what he does...he'll always be the jerk that Jim Carey made babble in the newsroom

    March 6, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  45. It is so important too met the right wife....

    look at Steven..he's a great actor, perfect marriage and family. what more can he ask for.

    March 6, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  46. Steve (pictured above)

    I am so happy steve met the proper wife and has a great marriage...its so important to make sure you pick the right companion and the overhearing bimbos out there..his wife appears too be a joy and i hope the marriages lasts

    March 6, 2013 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  47. SS number

    I have never met these women

    March 6, 2013 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  48. North Dallas Don

    Dang! Where am I going to buy my paper now? I need reams. Lots and lots of reams.

    March 6, 2013 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Norian

      Do not worry, you can still buy "Dunder Mifflin" Products at quill.com 🙂

      March 6, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  49. Steve

    has the best eyes–maybe i'll go tanning so it will make me look beige instead of white.lol

    March 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Geico--Fat Hacker Was On

    my policy was cancelled because of this hacker problem...i forgot too give the new number too geico...so now i had too give them the new credit number which now i have too change because the new number is online....

    March 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |

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