UPDATE: It’s official: April 28th is Steve Carell’s last day in “The Office,” TV Guide confirms. Michael Scott will make his grand exit on the first night of May sweeps, with the assistance of Carell’s funny buddy Will Ferrell, who will appear on the NBC sitcom in episodes that air on April 14, 21 and 28.
Emotions are strong this week on the set of “The Office” as the show’s well-liked star, Steve Carell, films his final scenes.
“This is Steve’s last week on set, about to film his final scene in Accounting area with Oscar [Oscar Nunez], Angela [Angela Kinsey], and I,” Brian Baumgartner, who plays beefy Kevin Malone on the NBC sitcom, tweeted on Tuesday. Later, as the workday came to a close that evening, Baumgartner tweeted again: “Long day at work today. Happy. Sad. Laughs. Tears.”
Kate Flannery, who plays red-haired tippler Meredith Palmer on the series, is experiencing a full range of emotions as her colleague prepares to exit the series after seven seasons. “They’ve been the funniest and saddest [episodes],” she told TV Guide. “I mean, I’m laughing or I’m crying, because Steve is such a wonderful actor and wonderful man – such a wonderful force on the show.”
NBC has been tight-lipped about revealing the airdate for Carell’s last episode in the Michael Scott role, though it is rumored to be some time in April, a few weeks before the official end of the season in May. Under this unconfirmed scenario, the Scott character will cross paths with a new guest character played by Will Ferrell, who will then take up the slack for the season’s final episodes of “The Office,” after Carell leaves.
Whatever the case, it’s doubtful that Ferrell will become the new regional manager everyone’s wondering about. “[Ferrell] is the new manager that Michael Scott has brought in to replace him, but we kind of swiftly realize that that’s a terrible idea. Terrible,” series co-star Rainn Wilson (“Dwight Schrute”) said in an interview.
Meanwhile, Mindy Kaling has also taken to Twitter as Carell/Scott prepares to leave the Scranton, Pa., branch of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. “This is Steve’s last week,” tweets Kaling, who plays Kelly Kapoor on the series and is also a producer. “I think I’ll tweet all the stories I wanted to do with Michael that we never did.”
Among the scenarios she posted (and we wish she’d had a chance to produce):
“Michael gets Lasik but can only afford to get it done to one eye.”
“Michael gets accused of something and is exonerated because there’s footage of him outside ‘The Today Show’ behind Al Roker.”
“I always wanted Michael Scott to be Tony Scott and Ridley Scott’s first cousin. He loved Tony but was ‘eh’ on Ridley.”
“There was a full day of pitching on Michael Scott meeting Markie Post at the mall, accomplishing a life-long dream.”