'The Office' to bid farewell to Steve Carell on April 28

Get ready to fill your World’s Best Boss mug with tears on April 28, because that’s the date of Steve Carell’s last episode on The Office. Carell’s misfit manager Michael Scott is departing Dunder Mifflin three weeks before the NBC comedy’s hourlong season finale on May 19. Will Ferrell will guest star as Michael’s replacement for several episodes beginning in April. Carell—who has garnered five Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe trophy in the role—filmed his last scenes for the show on March 4.


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  • tom in Canada

    Look out! Shark!

    • Serenity is one of the Greatest movies this century

      Who cares about the lame Office, I just watched the entire Firefly series and saw the beautiful movie Serenity – It HAS to be one of the greatest tragedies in tv/film that this series is not continuing on – EW has to give more coverage to this – NOW!!!!

      • mawhi

        what website are you on, happiest troll in the valley? EW is giving TONS of coverage to Firefly, especially recently…

      • Serenity is one of the Greatest movies this century

        Firefly/Serenity is this generation’s Star Wars. Malcolm Reynolds is a billion times cooler than Han Solo

      • Stephen

        I’m right there with you on how great Firefly is but why in the heck are you deciding to post about it here and bash another great show in the process?

      • TJ S.

        Shut the heck up nobody cares about Firefly and Serenity. They both are sh!t.
        And don’t even THINK you can compare them to The Office and especially STAR WARS.
        Go back to your World of Warcraft you nerd.

      • angelbuffyspikefiend

        Didn’t Firefly end some years ago? Sure it was a great show, but that doesn’t take away from Office, which will miss Michael but will certainly still be great. I think they should bring in Ricky Gervais, at least for a few eps.

      • Browncoat

        Firefly is absolutely one of my favorite shows of all time…but how can you compare it to The Office? They’re completely different genres of television, apples and oranges my friend. Say what you will but The Office is pretty shiny too!

      • Grant

        You’re an idiot. What does firefly have to do with this article? You firefly nerds need to bring up that damn show every chance you get. I watched firefly, it was OK but is irrelevant to this article. Also why would EW be reporting on a show that ended years ago, how is that news?

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  • Michael

    The phrase “jumped the shark” has jumped the shark, along with “fail”, and “winning.”

    • LOL

      “Fail” is approaching the shark. “Winning” still has a little more tread on the tires. Your jumping the gun has jumped the shark.

    • claudenorth

      Thank you, Michael. I thought I was the only one who is sick of “fail” and “winning”. I’d add “epic fail” and “epic win” to the list, along with “Team ____” and the most overused word of all: “awesome”.

    • tom in Canada

      How dare you mock me! I am irate.

      No, I’m just kidding. Feel free to judge and mock.

      The whole shark thing is, admittedly, tired, but I think justified in this case. Why? The phrase was, of course, originally coined to describe a show that has gone on too long, and should have gone out on a high note instead of forcing things with, let’s say, stunt casting. So I’m okay with my use of it here. But, like I say, I’m also fine with getting zinged for using it.

      • A

        The phrase was originally coined for when something completely ridiculous and nonsensical happens, like jumping over a shark while water-skiing.

      • B

        “There was an episode of Happy Days where a guy LITERALLY jumped over a shark . . . and it was the best one.”
        (Troy Barnes)

      • angelbuffyspikefiend

        It was Henry Winkler as Fonzie.

    • Fog cue

      Michael thinks he’s people!

  • Zoe

    Really? He couldn’t even finish the season….

    • laura

      That’s how they wrote it…

    • ILoveZacLevi

      I guess this way we’ll have a taste of what the show will be like without him before a long break. Sadly, my expectations are not too high.

  • miss k


  • Barry

    Who cares about this garbage show or any of NBC’s so called “comedies” on Thursday?

    • A

      Then go enjoy the lowest-common-denominator generic sitcoms on CBS.

  • Dee Jones

    How will his character depart?

  • Justin

    Gonna miss you, Michael!

  • Hitler

    The office is worse than me

    • Buffy Freak

      LOL! I don’t agree but still, very funny!

      • Jethro

        Good riddance Michael, you will NOT be missed and the show needs to follow.

  • Stephanie

    It’ll be a sad day in television history. There are times when Steve Carell as Michael made me horribly uncomfortable…but for every time I was uncomfortable, there were 10 more times I was laughing my butt off! I wish Steve and the cast all my best and gratitude for a fabulous TV show!

  • jay

    So sad to see Carell leave the show. Without Michael Scott’s awkward and sometimes inappropriate, yet big hearted, behavior, “The Office” will never be the same. I can only hope the producers of the show, don’t screw this up by bringing in someone unappealing like Ricky Gervais or someone of that sort. If you could lure someone like Will Ferrell to the show or Zack Galifinakis, you have to go for it. Steve Carell left some big shoes to fill and it’s gonna take a big actor to fill them.

  • Emeri

    The end of a comedy era…

    • Tess Tickles

      Who was supposed to be the funny one?

  • Adam

    Thanks for the spoiler re: Michael’s replacement. Was it really necessary to mention Will Ferrell in this piece? I did know that Ferrell was slated to do a guest spot on the Office, but not as Michael’s replacement. And frankly, I really didn’t want to know that until it happened on screen.

    • Barbara

      Will Ferrell is not the permanent replacement, he’s only been signed on for a few episodes. The real replacement has yet to be announced.

  • Guido

    Do you guys remember who is the other actor that was considered for the role of Michael?

    Paul Giamatti!

    I hope they bring him to the show. I do feel like he could be a good replacement for the role

  • Anna

    Steve Carell is the core of ‘The Office’ and for my two cents, he’ll be dearly missed. That said…the show has done a good job of making changes in the past, i.e., Jim moving to another branch, Michael leaving to form his paper company, etc., that people thought would be the end to the format, and the show used those as creative ways to try new things. So I’ll reserve judgment for the non-Michael Scott ‘Office’ until I see it.

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