A rep for the star confirmed the news to ET, saying Carell’s run in the show’s forthcoming seventh season will be his last. “[Steve] has no plans to re-up beyond next May,” said the rep.
And the man himself broke the sad news when E! caught up with him at the LA premiere of his new movie, Despicable Me, this week.
“I just think it’s time,” he said. “I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.”
Carell adds that there may still be a future for the show, even after he’s left.
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“It doesn’t certainly mean the end of the show. I think it’s just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and some new energy…I see it as a positive in general for the show,” he adds.
I’m not buying it. There’s no way the show can work without him. He is the show, right?