Steve Carell never wanted to leave Office and it’s only when the American broadcaster NBC let its contract expire, a new book said.
The American remake of the British comedy helped make Carell a star, the Oscar nominee leaving the series after his seventh season. Although it was reported at the time that Carell had left to pursue other career opportunities, it is now alleged that he had in fact a firm intention to stay.
“He didn’t want to leave the series,” says series hairstylist Kim Ferry in the new behind-the-scenes book The office: the untold story of the biggest sitcom from the 2000s.
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“He had told the network that he was going to sign for a few more years … He told his manager and his manager contacted them and said that he was ready to sign another contract.
“The deadline has come when [the network was] supposed to make her an offer and she came by and they didn’t make an offer to her. So his agent was like, “Well, I guess they don’t want to renew you for whatever reason. Which was crazy for me. And for him, I think. ”
Casting director Allison Jones also remembered the incident, remembering, “He was going to do another season and NBC, for whatever reason, would not make a deal with him. Someone didn’t pay enough. It was absolutely stupid. I don’t know what else to say about it. Simply stupid. ”
The book, written by Andy Greene, suggests that a regime change at NBC has left Office without key supporters at the top. Bob Greenblatt, who assumed the role of president of NBC, was apparently not a big fan of the series and was not interested in raising Carell’s salary to prevent his departure.
Office continued for two more seasons after Carell’s release. His departure led to a number of guest stars who attempted to assume his role in the series, including Idris Elba, James Spader and Catherine Tate.
Carell returned to the series for his last episode in 2013.