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Steve Carell Leaving 'The Office': Who Should Replace Him?

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 28th 2010 5:40PM
If you need some paper, now might be your last chance to place an order, because according to E! Online, Dunder Mifflin's best known regional manager is about to call it quits. Yes, it's official: Steve Carell is leaving 'The Office.'

While Carell has been hinting at the move for months, it still comes as a surprise to many fans who assumed his talk of leaving the show was just that: talk. But for Carell, whose contract is set to expire in 2011 after the end of season seven, the time is right to move on and explore new opportunities, something the burgeoning movie star is sure to have plenty of after the box office success of his latest effort, 'Date Night.'

"I just think it's time," Carell told E! Online. "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. 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."
Of course, it's pretty unlikely that many fans of Carell or 'The Office' will agree that his exit is a good thing, and although there have been sitcoms in the past that have survived the departure of the series star, those are few and far between.

Still, his comments got us to thinking: if 'The Office' is going to continue without Carell, who should NBC hire to fill the gap? Here's a list of some of the top candidates for Dunder Mifflin's new boss:

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais -- Who better to take over as an obstinate, politically incorrect and wrong-headed middle manager than the man who created both the role and the show back in 2001 on the original BBC version of 'The Office?' Granted, there's almost no chance he would agree to join the cast, but doesn't NBC owe it to everyone involved to at least give it a go? And who knows, maybe they can talk him into it. After all, there's no doubt that it would be a unique and interesting challenge.

John OliverJohn Oliver -- Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' has already provided 'The Office' with not one, but two key players; both Carell and fellow regular Ed Helms got their start on Jon Stweart's nightly comedic rundown of the day's news. Why not add a third in Oliver, who seems poised to become the latest 'Daily Show' alumnus to graduate to stardom. Because if 'The Office' doesn't grab him, someone else surely will.

John HodgmanJohn Hodgman -- Speaking of 'The Daily Show,' John Hodgman, who has since risen to greater fame as the PC in the popular series of "I'm a Mac" commercials, also cut his teeth alongside Stewart. Hodgman, though, with his deadpan delivery and purposefully milquetoast look and demeanor, who be the perfect passive-aggressive overlord for the gang at Scranton to deal with next.

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby -- Darby may not be quite as familiar as some of the other names on our list, but to anyone who caught his portrayal of wannabe band manager Murray Hewitt on 'Flight of the Conchords' knows, the New Zealand comedian has perfected an unparalleled mix of enthusiasm and cluelessness. That should serve him perfectly in the world of middle management, don't you think?

Tom CruiseTom Cruise -- Considering how Cruise's big screen career has been going recently, there's no question that it's time to try something new to get him back on track. Indeed, the actor acknowledged it himself with his side-splitting and expectation-shattering turn as morally bankrupt Hollywood mogul Les Grossman in 'Tropic Thunder.' That effort proved he can bring the funny, so why not try to reinvent himself on 'The Office?' And who knows -- if he does it right, he may just reinvent both the show and NBC as well.

Who Should Replace Steve Carell on 'The Office?'
Nobody can replace Steve Carell.1044 (33.0%)
Ricky Gervais603 (19.1%)
John Oliver202 (6.4%)
John Hodgman215 (6.8%)
Rhys Darby294 (9.3%)
Tom Cruise348 (11.0%)
Someone totally different.458 (14.5%)

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Lee

Who cares. Steve Carrel sucks. Not funny and annoying. Anyone would be better.

June 30 2010 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PupCountry

I have been a fan of the shows for years but in the past 2 years, the writers have changed so much.
I don't even like the character of Carell. I love all the rest of the crew however except maybe for that disguesting Dwight.
I think John Oliver was be great. I love watching him on The Daily Show. However, I think the remaining crew could run the show by themselves.

June 30 2010 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lu Wood

Need to bring it back to life with a new twist. It should be a woman. Someone wacky like Rose O'Donnell or perhaps Cher!!

June 30 2010 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jleotn

timothy stack or leslie nielson. most of the time carrell's character made me itch.

June 30 2010 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paulie12

ANYBODY !!!!!! Just so long as Steve Carell goes. Without a doubt he is the UN-funniest actor I have ever seen.

June 30 2010 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TONY

NO ONE...THE SHOW SHOULD BE CANCELLED...IN FACT IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE RUN THIS LONG...IT WAS STUPID AND BORING AND STEVIE BOY SHOULD ALSO BE CANNED PERMANENTLY ....HE IS ABOUT AS FUNNY AS A FIRE IN AN ORPHANAGE

June 30 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WhOCarES

PeeWee Herman would be a likely replacement. Steve's obnoxious comedy is really bad.

June 30 2010 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heather

Rhys Darby as Murray would make me watch the Office again. But it's also my own need for another season of FOTC. I mean imagine the possibilities! FOTC could be the elevator jam again

June 29 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric H

I would suggest either Rhys Darby as a Sabre inter company transfer or Ricky Gervais, but only of he is playing David Brent, that would be amazing, maybe he could keep calling Jim Tim.

June 29 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric H

But he leaked the printer thing, I don't think they will be promoting him anytime soon.

June 29 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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