For those hoping the confirmation on this news would never come…well, it has.

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Steve Carell is going to be leaving The Office on NBC. E! confirmed this news today, and it seems the fan reaction is undoubtedly sad but many are still hopefully the show will be okay without him.

“I just think it’s time,” Carell said. “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.”

“I didn’t see it as a huge thing and I certainly didn’t anticipate any sort of hubbub over it. I’m just not going to extend my contract, but I didn’t see it as a huge deal. And the show is great, and the ensemble is so strong, and the writers are great, so it’s just one part of that ensemble drifting off. They’ve incorporated so many new characters and so many new, great story lines that I have no doubt it’ll continue as strong, if not stronger, than ever.”

Carell will say goodbye to us next May, after one final season of The Office. Will the show continue after him, and will it be able to still be successful? We think so. What say you?

It’d be easy to be mad at him for leaving a show and a role we love him playing, but seven years is a long time to ask so much of one person. What Carell needs is probably a nice, tropical vacation. Besides, maybe in a surprise twist Erin (Ellie Kemper) could go from secretary to office executive!

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