Steve Carell has said multiple times now that he’s leaving “The Office” when his contract runs out at the end of next season. And his boss is OK with that.
Ricky Gervais, who co-created and starred in the original version of “The Office” on the BBC and executive produces NBC’s show, says Carell is doing the right thing.
“It was expected of me, as executive producer, to persuade him to stay on. With syndication in full swing the more successful the show remains, the more billions we all make,” Gervais writes on his blog. “It was tempting, but the truth is, I believe he is doing the right thing. He’s fulfilled his contract and more, and is a huge film star now. … I’d be lying if I said he should do more. He shouldn’t. He should move on, continue to do great work, and buy a new house every time ‘The Office’ is repeated somewhere.”
Gervais knows whereof he speaks: The British “Office” ran for only two six-episode seasons and a Christmas special before Gervais called it quits; he did the same with his HBO/BBC series “Extras.”
Carell has two movies coming out in the next month — the animated “Despicable Me” and comedy “Dinner for Schmucks” — and is attached to several other film projects. Gervais says that while Carell’s departure from the show is sad, he wishes Carell “all the luck in the world.”
“He is quite possibly the nicest, hardest-working man in America,” Gervais writes, “and it has been a joy working with him over the last six years. (And taking the piss out of him at every award show.)”
credits: NBC (Carell), Getty Images (Gervais)