One of the best shows of the 2000s is The Office starring Steve Carell as Michael Scott, the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin. Scott was the quirky boss who lead an office into chaos and has many questioning how he has that job.
In 2011, Carell exited the show after 7 seasons. According to a new book called The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, Carell didn’t want to exit the show. The decision for Carell to exit was not his, it came from NBC. NBC was in the middle of a shakeup that saw Jeff Zucker, then president of NBC, exiting for CNN.
According to the audio mixer of The Office, Brian Whittle, Carell hadn’t made his decision to exit the show. In fact, Carell was in the middle of negotiating when it was announced that might be leaving. According to the book, NBC didn’t make a “valiant” effort to renew Carell’s contract.
Hair stylist Kim Ferry also spoke on the record about Carell’s exit.
“He didn’t want to leave the show. He had told the network that he was going to sign for another couple of years. He was willing to and his agent was willing to. But for some reason, they didn’t contact him,” Kim told Andy Greene, according his new book.
“He planned on staying on the show. He told his manager and his manager contacted them and said he’s willing to sign another contract for a couple years. So all of that was willing and ready and, on their side, honest. And the deadline came for when they were supposed to give him an offer and it passed and they didn’t make him an offer.”
Kim added: “[Steve] was like, ‘Look, I told them I want to do it. I don’t want to leave. I don’t understand.’ It just is mind-boggling how that happened. And I feel bad because I think a lot of people think he did leave the show on his own merit and it’s absolutely not true. I’m telling you. I was there.”
During the transition at NBC from President Jeff Zucker to Bob Greenblatt, the network dropped the ball on Carell’s negotiation. The Office producer Randy Cordray said that the new NBC executive was not a fan of the show. Cordray said that Greenblatt took The Office “for granted.”