'The Office' scoop: No way Will Ferrell will be the new boss, says Rainn Wilson

Way to crush our world, Dwight! The Office’s Rainn Wilson set EW straight on Will Ferrell’s much-anticipated appearance later this season. (Ferrell will reunite with his Anchorman co-star Steve Carell in a four-episode arc as a branch manager who arrives from the home office and proves to be just as inept as Michael Scott.) “Will is coming in as a possible boss but everyone knows he is not going to stay because he makes $20 million a film,” Wilson told EW exclusively while walking the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. “He’s got other fish to fry. He called us up. He called the producers and said ‘I heard Steve’s leaving and I would like to be a part of his exit some how. I’d like to be there for it.’ So they were like, ‘Hell’s yeah!’ I think it will be great because Will’s sense of humor is very much in line with our show’s sense of humor.” 

Though NBC hasn’t officially confirmed Carell’s departure date, word has leaked that he’ll say goodbye with four episodes left to go in the season. “I think the show is going to need to change what it is to succeed,” Wilson conceded. “Losing Steve is big. Not having Michael Scott around will change the dynamic and the show and I think we will need to change in order to not have the audience feel that void every week. I think it will be interesting to see what happens. I think it will be forced to become even more of an ensemble show. I think we will have more interesting arcs with guest stars.”

So what’s in store for Dwight? “I hear that Angela’s boyfriend the senator may not be all he is cracked up to be, and maybe that will open the door for a Dwight and Angela reunion,” Wilson said. “Holly is leaving again soon. But it has been strange this year with them planning for Michael’s exit. The pace is much more frenetic and things keep getting adjusted and changed and we are only working a few weeks in advance now. The ground is shifting so rapidly. Interesting times at Dunder Mifflin.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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  • Wes

    Well, with the inclusion of Will Ferrell, I was expecting them just to end the show. I really hope they don’t have a season after this.

    • J

      I agree, every time the main character leaves a sitcom, it’s always really awkward. Scrubs became a nightmare, and That’s 70’s Show was never as good without Topher Grace. The last few seasons of the Office will not be remembered fondly.

      • Mark N.

        Other shows have had changes in case members (M*A*S*H, Cheers) and have survived. Let’s hope The Office can do it too.

    • evoc

      Agreed. “Interesting times” on tv’s dullest program.

      • Koo

        Great show – great players. My dog died yesterday. Very sad.

      • sarah

        how dare you, you pretentious hog! the office is by far the best comedy on TV. it is in no way dull, unless you are simply too damn stupid to understand it.

      • Marc

        @Koo… Sorry about your dog… that sux!

      • The_Mick

        Sorry Sarah, but I wouldn’t miss the show that much if it went off the air. Great actors, interesting situations, lousy writing.

      • ries

        parks in rec is officially funnier than the office. it is what the office used to be.

    • frank

      They are absolutely NOT ending the show. The advertising dollars are way too high. And to Evoc, if you don’t get this show something is wrong with you.

      • Matt

        Parks n rec is a terrible half hearted rip off of the office. it is terrible and never should have made it too television

      • bryan

        parks in rec is way WAY funnier than the office at this point. and really they need someone like ferrell to step in to save the show.

    • Mike O

      You know, nobody forces you to watch the show. If you don’t like the new direction of the show, watch something else.

    • Elizabeth

      You don’t… you can just stop watching the show if you don’t enjoy it. Crazy, huh?

  • michelle p

    i hope david wallace replaces michael.

    • jen

      i would love to see David Wallace back!! lord knows Suck It probably hasn’t gotten him far…

      • David Wallace

        Dear Jen,

        Be advised that Suck It! is a registered trademark of David Wallace Industries. Any use of or reference to said trademark without the expressed written consent of David Wallace Industries can and will result in legal action.

      • Marbran

        I heard that one Wallace David Industries came out with something similar called, “It Sucks.” They can’t keep them in stock.

      • Luvin It

        LMFAO! David Wallace went from the voice of reason to the man behind suckit. I love when they make the characters who seem credible go down in flames. Remember when Jan was a normal person? I worked in toooo many offices not see the humor in this show. Hope they can pull it together!

    • Carrie

      I could get on board with David Wallace coming in as branch manager- that could be good.

    • Jen E.

      Great idea! I would love to see Mr. Wallace back too. I always thought he was so handsome and once he was fired, he showed he could fit in pretty well in Scranton.

    • Katie

      I would be SOOOOOO on board for David Wallace as branch manager. I’ve been missing him every since Sabre bought out Dunder Mifflin.

    • shdrew

      Excellent idea! I loved David Wallace.

      • Randi

        Definitely!

    • Aprilcot26

      That’s a great idea! I hadn’t even considered it and I totally miss David Wallace!

    • emjay

      I was trying to think what could make me watch this show AM (after Michael) and I think David Wallace would be it.

  • Dave

    Bring back Jan!

    • Sandra

      No way jose.

  • LOL

    No one really though Will F. was staying, did they?

    David Wallace’s return would be sublime.

    • Matt

      David wallace would be an excellent replacement for the office because he provided a lot of good scenes for the office and his character fits perfectly. I personally think Will Ferrall is getting too stale with his repetitive acting style and I don’t agree with him replacing micheal klump

  • marcy

    I would love for Ricky Gervais to take his place…how cool would that be?

    • trainwreck

      i predict there will be a few more “wouldnt it be great if he replaced michael” guest stars like ricky or will..

  • Walrus

    I haven’t seen an episode since before Jim and Pam got married because I found that it was getting stale. “The Office” was a GREAT show, and I’ll be sad to see it go……which hopefully will be pretty soon before it get’s stale enough to start erasing memories of how great it once was.

    • Mike O

      IF you haven’t watched the show, how do you know it’s stale? And if it is, so what, you don’t watch it, what difference does it make to you?

    • tessiepie

      The office can seem stale at times, it’s lost a bit of it’s mojo, BUT when they hit it out of the park it goes long.. Sometimes we have to suffer through a few “not as good as it used to be” episodes, but then BAM.. last weeks episode was priceless.. Kevin running around the conference room making his entrance. The writers still have the right stuff when they dig deep.. give them a chance.. they sure had me falling out of my chair last week. And.. Outsourced is the new Office.. I had to give Outsourced a few chances before it struck the right cord and now I’m hooked!

  • Walrus

    Oh – and The Office (USA version) jumped the shark by never finishing the documentary that is the PREMISE OF THE WHOLE SHOW!!!! Are we expected to believe that they have been making a documentary about a small Pennsylvania paper company sale’s office for more than seven years?
    What made The Office UK brilliant was showing the aftermath once the documentary was released.
    So – – — what’s up with that?

    • D.Z.

      It’s called a framing device, and it’s called suspension of disbelief. At this point, it’s more of a stylistic quirk than a plot device.

  • BeBe

    All I know is they need to find someone pretty hilarious to replace Steve Carrell. I wish it was Ricky Gervais but I know that its not but that would be great!

    • matthew cohen

      with out Carrell, its done: it was HIS show! I’m always reminded of the 40yr old virgin character w/his goofy/dorkiness, and who really could replace him? times change, I guess, the thing stands pretty well on what it has been, hopefully the show with Will Farrell won’t be a dud.

      • enzoiscool1

        Totally agree – I can’t imagine that one company would find two Goofus managers. Michael Scott is one of a kind and the show which is suffering already probably will last one more season without him.

  • BeBe

    Ditto @Marcy!

  • Melissa Woodley

    STATE senator

    • dref22

      *thumbs up*

    • lilymax

      Melissa, why does Oscar always say it like that? I don’t get it. Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian but I don’t get the joke of it.

      • officeworker

        because he is only a Senator in the State Govt. which is not as impressive as a ‘real’ Senator in the Federal Govt. in Washington D.C.

      • Jerry

        Well lilymax, we have U.S. Senators, who have great national influence. Two per state, or 100 total for the nation.

        Then we have STATE Senators, whose influence is mostly local, and with many in each state, they’re pretty much a dime a dozen.

        Hence Oscar’s constant reminder that Angela’s name dropping rings hollow with him.

  • brandy

    Will Arnett! PLEEEASE

    • Cat

      OMG YES! I WOULD LOVE WILL ARNETT TO BE ON THE OFFICE!

    • B

      Ooh, hells yes!

    • jack

      Really!

    • Luvin It

      Brandy’s a genuis. Hire her NBC and Arnett.

  • Javadude54

    I think it’s about time for that documentary they’ve been part of for the last several years to be released. That would certainly change the dynamic. All the office staff would have their own fans, and haters. Hundreds of Youtube sites would be devoted to them, fan fiction, some of the staff trying to use it as a stepping stone to an acting career, Charlie Sheen trying to get a date with Meredith, etc.

  • kc

    WE HAVE A WINNER!!! WILL ARNETT! WILL ARNETT!! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE START A DRAFT ARNETT FACEBOOK PAGE

    • No

      No.

      • Malcolm

        David Koechner?

    • J

      Will Arnett is the best idea yet!!!

    • tnsmoke

      I have been posting for months that if Will Arnett’s show is cancelled (which it was) he should be the new Office boss. My 2nd choice has also been Andy Buck (David Wallace). This show is and will continue to be a viable comedy.

  • whatevs

    Aside from David Brent himself, I would be ok with Rhys Darby.

    • jamie

      Yes. I would love Rhys Darby on the show. I think he does awkward humor so well that he’ll fit right into the show.

  • rlly

    “feel that void ? r we serious

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