Steve Carell, renowned for his iconic role as Michael Scott in "The Office," is reportedly steering clear of the show's anticipated reboot, fueling concerns among fans about the legacy of the revered U.S. sitcom. Sources close to the 61-year-old actor suggest that Carell is distancing himself from the project, fearing it might compromise the original series' celebrated status.
Carell, who became a household name through his portrayal of the hilariously out-of-touch Dunder Mifflin Paper Company manager, left the show in 2011 after seven seasons. His departure, driven by a desire to explore new ventures and dedicate more time to his family, marked a turning point for the series.
Despite the introduction of heavyweight talent like Will Ferrell, the show experienced a decline and ultimately concluded two years following Carell's exit. The buzz around a potential reboot of "The Office" has been growing, but insiders confirm that Carell has no plans to reprise his famed role.
A source revealed to the National Enquirer, "There are zero plans for Steve to be involved in The Office reboot."
Carell's Post-Office Success
Since his departure from the series, Carell's career has soared, showcasing his versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles, notably in "The Morning Show" alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
Sources close to Carell and his wife, Nancy, who also played a role in "The Office," describe the couple as always knowing when to move on. "They never like to stay at a party too long," the source noted, underscoring their reluctance to revisit past successes.
While there's firm insistence on "zero plans" for Carell's return to the series, the door isn't completely closed. According to insiders, the actor is in a challenging position, as many of his former colleagues, including executive producer Greg Daniels, are spearheading the reboot.
There's speculation that Carell could contribute behind the scenes, potentially in writing or directing capacities. The notion of a significant financial incentive altering Carell's stance remains a topic of speculation among insiders.
However, with no official release date for the reboot announced, it's clear that if it does go ahead, Carell wouldn't be the only original cast member absent. Greg Daniels, in a previous interview with The Wrap, shared his perspective on the concept of a reboot, emphasizing his satisfaction with the original series' conclusion and his disinterest in recreating it with a different ensemble.