As much as we wanted him to stay, Steve Carell ended up leaving The Office after the 7th season. To say that he was the highlight of most of The Office episodes would be an understatement. His departure surely affected the show. However, it turns out that not only the fans but Carell himself wanted to stay for longer!
NBC Network didn’t want Steve Carell to stay on The Office?
On March 24, 2020, Andy Greene published “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History”. In the book, he touched down on Steve Carell’s departure from the show. Turns out, it had more to do with the NBC Network than the actor himself (as per Collider).
You might have heard about Carell hinting at his departure after the show’s 7th season during an interview with BBC. Brian Wittle, sound mixer, revealed that Carell had told him about the interview. Wittle said that the actor didn’t plan to leave the show and that him mentioning about the 7th season being his last was unintentional.
Kim Ferry, Hairstylist, nodded with the statement that Steve Carell’s departure was because NBC didn’t express interest in renewing his contract and the actor himself didn’t want to leave the show. She said:
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. I don’t know if it was a game of chicken or what…
Ferry said that after the deadline of presenting Carell with a new offer had passed, his agent told him that maybe they (NBC) didn’t want him to renew his contract.
It’s a bummer that we couldn’t get to enjoy the quirky one-liners of Michael Scott in the final few “The Office” seasons. It should also be noted that the NBC Network hasn’t offered any explanation on this yet.