Ray Romano confirmed that he plays an applicant for the regional manager’s job on “The Office” later this month, but he doesn’t think anyone will be surprised to learn he doesn’t get hired.
“I am a guy interviewing for the job,” Romano said Tuesday, in a conference call with reporters that was convened primarily to talk about the June 1 premiere of new episodes of his critically acclaimed TNT series “Men of a Certain Age.”
“I don’t think it’s giving anything away by saying I don’t get it,” he said of the “Office” job when XfinityTV asked him what it was like to be on the set as a participant in the star-studded episode.
“I don’t think anyone thinks I’m taking Steve Carell’s place,” Romano said. “I have my own show. But it was fun – it was crazy and fun to do. It’s such a unique show and a unique style, and I was actually nervous – I thought I kind of knew the subtleties of it and all that. Did I pull it off? I guess we’ll see. They tell me it came out good, but they always say that.”
Romano appears in the one-hour season finale of “The Office” May 19 on NBC with other “applicants” vying for the job – including Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervais, James Spader, Will Arnett and, according to stories circulating Tuesday, financial wiz Warren Buffett.
Of the other guest stars, Romano said he really only interacted with Spader. “[Buffett] was not there,” the comedian said. In fact, Romano said he learned about the Buffett cameo by reading about it on Tuesday. “All the [regular] cast members were there except for Steve Carell [who had already left the series]. I did a scene with James Spader.”
XfinityTV also asked Romano, a comedy series veteran, for his reaction to all the tumult at “Two and a Half Men” involving Charlie Sheen. Like “Men,” Romano’s own sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” was once the centerpiece of CBS’s Monday-night comedy lineup and occupied the same time slot – 9-9:30 (8-8:30c).
Romano said he thinks the producers of “Men” have quite a challenge ahead of them if they want to continue the show without Sheen. “I’m not an expert on what’s going on,” he said modestly. “Everybody’s got their own thing and Charlie’s got his thing, so I’m not even going to pretend I know what’s going on there. I just hope it all works out for him.
“As far as the show going on, I can’t tell,” Romano said. “It’s such a hit and it’s such a big thing for the network that I can understand them doing anything they can to keep it on. I gotta think it would take someone real special to fill [Sheen’s] shoes and have the audience go along with it. In the past, I don’t think that has worked. But we’ll see. It’s a tough job. I don’t know if they can pull it off.”