Steve Carell says he’s ready to retire from “The Office.”
The star of the NBC comedy told BBC Radio that next fall’s seventh season could be his last.
“[I have a] contract through next season,” he said, and was asked if he’d stay on after. “I don’t think so. I think that’ll probably be my last year.”
The in-demand actor, now starring in the box office hit “Date Night” alongside Tina Fey, has upcoming roles in “Dinner for Schmucks” and the animated “Despicable Me,” as well as a number of other rumored attachments to films in development.
Steve started his tenure as “The Office’s” awkward, erratic Dunder-Mifflin manager Michael Scott in March 2005, after breakthrough roles in the films “Bruce Almighty” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” Just months later, the title role in 2005’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” established him as one of Hollywood’s top comedians.
The star earned a Golden Globe and has been nominated for four Emmys for his role – originated by Ricky Gervais — on the British-turned-American mockumentary series, which he also produces.
When contacted by Access Hollywood, a rep for NBC had no comment on Steve potentially leaving “The Office.”
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