Steve Carell Confirms He is Leaving 'The Office'

By Jessica Sorentino,
He has been on the show since it began, but Carell's contract is up and he intends to honor it

Once the 2010-2011 season of the NBC sitcom, The Office, comes to an end, actor Steve Carell has confirmed that he will no longer be a part of the cast of the U.S. version.

“Yes, it will be my last,” Carell told Us Magazine in Los Angeles. “It’s the last on my contract, and I want to honor my contract.”

Carell, 47, plays the office manager Michael Scott in the U.S. mock-version of an original BBC sitcom created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Although NBC has yet to comment about Carell’s split, they have reportedly been debating whether or not to continue the show without him, since he has been the main cast member since 2005 when the show aired.

In 2006, he won a Golden Globe for his work and was nominated for an Emmy four years running, but lost once to Gervais, BBC News reported.

Carell expected his leaving the show to be “nostalgic,” because his colleagues have become some of his best friends, but he continued to say, “it will be good for everybody,” on the subject of his departure.

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