The Truth About Why Steve Carell Left The Office

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Published – 03/27/2020 6:00 pm

Hard as it may be to believe, nearly a decade has passed since Steve Carell uttered his churlish last words and walked away from his role as Michael Scott, a small-screen character that made him a household name.

But why did Steve Carell leave The Office after season 7?

In April 2010, Steve Carell made the first public mention that his days in the fictional Dunder Mifflin office were possibly numbered. He told the BBC that because his contract for The Office only ran through season 7, the then-forthcoming season would, quote “probably be [his] last year” on the series. According to interviews published in Andy Greene’s book The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, a lack of internal response to Carell’s comment about season 7 potentially being his last actually made the actor feel like it was time to leave.

Brian Wittle, who worked as a boom operator and sound mixer on The Office, explained the sequence of events in the book:

“[Carell] was doing a radio interview and he haphazardly mentioned, almost unconsciously, that it might be his last season. […] He was kind of thinking out loud, but he did it in an interview in public and it created news. Then what he said was the people connected to the show had no reaction to it.

Wittle continued:

“When he realized he didn’t get any kind of response from them, he thought, ‘Oh, maybe they don’t really care if I leave. Maybe I should go do other things.'”

Elsewhere in the same book, hairstylist Kim Ferry corroborated Wittle’s story, further noting that Carell had told NBC brass that he planned on signing a new Office contract that would be good, quote, “for another couple of years.” According to Ferry, however, network executives simply didn’t reach out to him about negotiating a new deal. Keep watching the video to find out the truth about why Steve Carell left The Office.

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