Steve Carell Unlikely to Return for ‘The Office’ Series Finale

by | January 6, 2013 at 3:14 PM | Midseason 2013, The Office

Steve Carell (NBC)

Fans who were hoping that Michael Scott would come back to help pack up “The Office” at the end of its ninth and final season this spring are going to be disappointed.

Former “Office” manager Steve Carell probably isn’t going to return for the series finale of the NBC sitcom, despite speculation from the cast and series creator Greg Daniels that they were trying to work something out with the star who portrayed the key character for seven seasons.

“I’m hopeful but I don’t think he will be back,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour Sunday.

The NBC exec says Carell was pleased with the way his character exited the series and was only interested in coming back if they could top that, or at least not sully it.

“He left in the way that he wanted that character to leave, and I think he and Greg [Daniels] have talked about it and I don’t think he’ll be back,” Greenblatt continued.

“There’s maybe a little Hail Mary pass on a cameo, but I think the decision is that it’ll go out without him rather than compromising his exit,” he added.

The hourlong series finale does not have an airdate has yet but is expected to air in May.

“The Office” airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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