Last night was Steve Carell's last episode as a series regular on The Office, although, according to one of the show's producers, the actor may return as a guest star next season. Producer Randy Cordray revealed the show is open to bringing back Steve Carell. Here's what the producer had to say below.
"We created a #1 jersey for Steve Carell [to honor the fact that Steve Carell is #1 on the call sheet]... and gave that to him. We retired #1... in hopes that [Steve Carell] will return some day and do a guest spot for us. We haven't killed the guy; we haven't killed his character...I can't say that he will, but [Steve Carell] hasn't ruled that out; he hasn't said that he wouldn't come back and do another episode for us in the future."
As of now, there are no concrete plans for Steve Carell to return. It won't be known until the Season 7 finale on May 19 who will be the permanent successor to Michael Scott on the show, although Randy Cordray believes it is an exciting transitional period.
"I think The Office is in an exciting transition period and I really believe in the future of the show, the writers, Paul Lieberstein and Greg Daniels are very, very brilliant people and I believe that they will reinvent this show in a very exciting way. There is many different scenarios being played out."
The Office wraps up its seventh season on Thursday, May 19 at 9 PM ET on NBC.