‘The Office’s Jenna Fischer On Steve Carell’s Replacement: ‘We Know’

by | January 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM | The Office, TV News

Jenna Fischer (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Jenna Fischer (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

There are some questions you don’t even want to bother asking a TV star because you know the answer is going to be, “We don’t know” or “no comment.” Such should’ve been the case when asking any cast member of “The Office” the question on everyone’s mind: Who is going to replace Steve Carell when Michael Scott leaves Dunder Mifflin?

But such was not the case when we caught up with Jenna Fischer (Pam) at the NBC Television Critics Association party Thursday night. “Oh we know,” she boldly told us. Really? “Yes we, do! We can’t tell anybody, but we know.”

The actress went on to lay out exactly how the season sans-Scott will play out in the aftermath of the boss’s departure. “It’s not as simple as who’s replacing him,” she explains. “It’s better than that. It’s better than I could’ve ever imagined. It’s great. It’s not gonna be a matter of one person out, one person in.”

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Instead, the plan is to explore all of the options on what to do in the absence of Scott. “All of us as an office have to learn how to survive and how to find a replacement and you’re going to see that happen on the show,” she says.

While Fisher’s clearly excited about the possibilities, the truth remains that it’s sad to see Carell go. “It’s hard because on a personal level having Steve Carell leave work is really hard,” she admits. “But as a sitcom television show having the character of Michael Scott leave opens up the door for a lot of really new and exciting things.”

To try to fill the office manager position, we’ll see “some jockeying for the job. There’s gonna be some talk of promotion from within. There’s gonna be some interviews of possible replacements, all of which you will see on the show,” she continues.

Sounds like it could be a comical revolving door of interviews that lends itself to great guest stars? “The interview process will feature some new people and some familiar faces,” she says.

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