Michael Scott gone from Dunder Mifflin? That’s what she said…
UPDATE: It was confirmed today that Steve Carell would be exiting his multi-nominated role as Michael Scott on The Office upon expiration of his current contract.
He said that it had nothing to do with salary. He just felt that seven seasons (the length of his original contract) of Michael Scott was enough.
E! News confirmed this while speaking with him at the premiere of his latest film, Despicable Me. He told E!: “…the show is great, and the ensemble is so strong, and the writers are great, so it’s just one part of that ensemble drifting off. They’ve incorporated so many new characters and so many new, great storylines that I have no doubt it’ll continue as strong if not stronger than ever.”
Although he told The New Yorker that he “expects the movie offers to dry up within five years, at which point he’ll just volunteer at his kids’ school,” his page on IMDB currently lists nine projects for Steve in development.