Hold the phone, Ricky Gervais has trashed rumours that he’s about to replace Steve Carell when he leaves the US version of The Office at the end of this series.
Tongues have been wagging that Gervais – who created the show – was all set to step into Carell’s shoes. Cobbler’s he says.
He took to his blog to explain, saying: “Maybe I haven’t made it clear enough. I suppose it doesn’t matter what I say for the world of entertainment news, so let’s try a new approach”.
He offered two possible scenarios:
1. “I am definitely taking over from Steve Carell on The Office. Yes, I have been asked to take over as the new boss at Dunder Mifflin. I said yes. They made me an offer I just couldn’t refuse. I will once again play David Brent and I take over next season. I can’t wait. Steve Merchant and I will also write and direct. I will remain Executive Producer.”
2. “I’m not taking over from Steve Carell and will just continue to make millions for doing f**k all because I created the show and all the characters, and own the format and it’s being syndicated now and I get paid every time any episode of any version is played anywhere in the world… and I don’t want to go back to that and get up at 6am every day of the week for 7 years.”
He adds: “Only one of these is true. I don’t know which one to believe. What would you do if you were me?”
Give Rhys Darby a bell!