Will Steve Carell return to "The Office" for one final farewell? (The hour finale is May 16.) Sorry, but it is not to be. Show-runner and executive producer Greg Daniels -- who adapted the American classic from the British classic of the same name -- confirmed to reporters what he and Carell have indicated all along: A Michael Scott return, even for old times' sake, is not going to take place. (The finale has already been taped.)
"I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the 'Goodbye, Michael' episode was his goodbye and he didn't want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved," he said in a conference call Wednesday. Carell, 50, left his role in 2011.
Daniels added that the finale will be a reunion show, inspired by the two-part Christmas closer that wrapped the Ricky Gervais / Stephen Merchant version in 2003. "After attempting to beat that [British] ending in a number of different ways, we ended up doing something very similar," Daniels said.