Just because no one really seemed to believe him when he told the BBC last spring that he was leaving "The Office" after his seventh season season, Steve Carell had to go ahead and tell E! all over again.

  Which he did last night:

"I just think it's time," he told  Kristina
Guerrero. "I want to fulfill my contract. When I first
signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this
coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time
for my character to go."

But the show will go on..."It doesn't certainly mean the end of the show. I
think it's just a dynamic change to the show, which
could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and
some new energy to the show. I see it as a positive in
general for the show."

  [Can "The Office" go on without Michael Scott? Wishful thinking on his part. I don't really know how, but admittedly, I haven't given this that much thought either.]



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