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Steve Carell to leave 'Office' after 2011


LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actor Steve Carell accepts the Favorite TV Comedy Actor award onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2010 held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for PCA) Photo Credit: Getty/Kevin Winter

 Steve Carell - indelible loveable ADD-afflicated Michael Scott - said in a radio interview that he will leave "The Office" after next season.

  I repeat: He is leaving.

  Now, context:

  The question was popped during an interview with the BBC in the UK; he's been promoting "Date Night" across the pond right now. Interviewer casually asked about his contract, which lasts through next season.

  And after that, will you continue...? 

 "I don't think so. I think that will probably be my last year."

 The operative word here is "probably," but my sense is that he really means it. Meanwhile, I'm just a little unclear when this interview was conducted - Carell was in Europe a few weeks ago; he back there again now? 

  Nevertheless, he does sound definitive. The end is approaching. But we all knew that.

  All of this reminded me of that amusing Letterman interview of a few weeks back...Not that he said anything about his "Office" future then that I'm aware of...



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