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Steve Carell Not Returning for "Office" Finale

NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) -- Greg Daniels, the executive producer of NBC's The Office, confirmed on Wednesday that Steve Carell’s character, Michael Scott, would not be making a re-appearance during the show’s current final season or the series finale.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles, Daniels said Carell “was very much of the opinion that the ‘Goodbye Michael’ episode and the story arc that we did leading up to it was his goodbye to the fans and the show...”

Carell left the series after season seven.  Daniels said Carell believes the current final season “is the goodbye that the rest of the show gets to have, so at the moment we don't have any plans for him to come back."

Daniels did say that other series regulars and guest stars, including Mindy Kaling, may return, and “there’s still a lot of good things that we have planned for the rest of the goodbyes.”

Daniels said next week’s episode is “the beginning of the end” of the current 24-episode season.  He said on the 15th episode, which is scheduled to air on Feb. 14, “someone is fired.”

Daniels confirmed to that he had received no push from NBC to end the series, and predicted that the network would have been happy to have the series remain on the air.  The executive producer said last August that creative closure was the primary reason behind the decision to close The Office after nine seasons.

Daniels said on Wednesday it’s nice to be able to plan the end of a series instead of simply being canceled because it gives the writers a chance to tie up loose ends of story lines that have been part of the series since the show debuted.

The two-part Office finale will air in May.

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NBC's "The Office" Will Close Its Doors After Upcoming Ninth Season

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Greg Daniels, the executive producer of NBC's The Office, revealed on Tuesday that the series will end after its upcoming ninth season, reports. 

Daniels says creative closure is the primary reason behind the decision to end the popular series.

"This year feels like the last chance" for The Office to have "an artistic ending," Daniels said.  "It was a hard decision, but this is going to be a real gangbuster season."

The Office is currently NBC's highest-rated scripted series, and Daniels says he was surprised when the network supported the decision to call it quits.

Daniels says the core cast, including Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, are all back for the final season, and a lot of stories will be wrapped up.  The executive producer says the identity of the documentary crew that has been filming the employees in Scranton, Pa., will also be revealed.

When asked if Steve Carell, who left the series after season seven, would make an appearance as his character Michael Scott during the final run, Daniels said, "We certainly wish Michael Scott would return, but we're not going to put pressure on Steve to write something only he could do." 

Daniels says they have some ideas for the ending, but nothing has been written yet.

The season premiere of The Office is Sept. 20.

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James Spader to Leave ‘The Office’

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- James Spader is resigning from The Office after one season.

Variety reports he will leave the NBC comedy at the end of the current season at his request. He plays Robert California, the CEO of Dunder Mifflin Sabre.

Spader made his first appearance on The Office during last season’s finale.

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James Spader: No Filling Steve Carell's Shoes on 'The Office'

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Office isn't seeking an outside hire to replace Steve Carell.

Cast member James Spader says the NBC series won't bring in someone new to replace Carell's Michael Scott, the former manager of paper company Dunder Mifflin's Scranton, Pa., branch.

"They didn't just want to bring in a new Michael Scott,” Spader said. “There's not an attempt to fill those shoes."

Spader, who guest starred in the season finale that aired in May, joins the cast as an executive of Dunder Mifflin's parent company, Sabre.

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Steve Carell Thinks James Spader Is 'Excellent' Addition to 'The Office'

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The former star of The Office, Steve Carell, approves of fictitious paper company Dunder Mifflin's latest hire. He tells Access Hollywood that James Spader as Robert California will be an "excellent" addition to the sitcom.  He added, "I think it's great and he will infuse all this new energy into the show."

Carrell noted that he's also been in touch with his former co-stars from The Office.

"In talking to the cast, everyone's very excited and I know it'll be a good season," he said.

Carell's latest movie, the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, opens nationwide on July 29.

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'Office' Star Jenna Fischer: Jim and Pam Are Expecting

NBC Photo/Chris Haston(NEW YORK) -- The Office star Jenna Fischer tells New York magazine that Jim and Pam will be expecting another baby when the Emmy-nominated show's eighth season begins this fall.

"Pam and Jim snuck away last season on Valentine's Day, and they had sex," Fischer says. "The story is that they conceived this baby at that time and were keeping it a secret until we come back from the summer."

No special effects will be required, as Fischer is actually pregnant.

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James Spader Joins Cast of 'The Office'

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three-time Emmy Award winner James Spader is joining the cast of The Office, but not as Steve Carell's replacement.  Instead, he'll be the new CEO of Sabre, he parent company of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Viewers were introduced to his character, Robert California, last season, when he famously read Dwight Schrute's mind.

One of the show's producers describes California as "this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior."  

Spader, 51, replaces actress Kathy Bates, who played the role of Jo Bennett on the show.

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Gandolfini Almost the Boss at 'The Office'?  

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The new boss on The Office was almost a former mob boss. According to Variety, producers of The Office, met with James Gandolfini to discuss the possibility of joining the cast. Turns out, it was just a possibility. .

Gandolfini, a fan of the show, will not be moving to Scranton, Pa. We also know James Spader may be joining the cast, but he will not be replacing Steve Carell.

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Ricky Gervais: 'The Office' Has 'Jumped the Shark'

Meghan Sinclair / Team Coco(NEW YORK) -- Creator of the original British version of The Office, Ricky Gervais, isn't a big fan of the season finale of the U.S. version of the sitcom.  Gervais, who's an executive producer on the U.S. version, wrote on his blog of the season finale, “If you're going to jump a shark, jump a big one,” and added, “I assume most people know I didn't do the U.S. remake for the art. I did my version for the art.”

After a few hours after he posted his comments, Gervais followed up with another post, claiming that his comments were made with his tongue firmly planted in cheek.  He explained, “The bit about it ‘jumping the shark’ was meant to be a little self-deprecating in-joke. I myself did a fun but pointless, over-hyped cameo in the episode too remember. I did it for a laugh like everyone else, I assume.”

In regards to his comment about the U.S. version not being for the art, Gervais wrote, “I wasn't suggesting that the U.S. version was artless, or that anyone else involved didn't do it for the art. I was just admitting that there were obviously other factors and reasons present in my involvement in the remake.”

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Tears, Laughs as Steve Carell Leaves 'The Office'

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Thursday night marked Steve Carell's final episode of The Office.

During the 60-minute send-off to his character, the lovably clueless Michael Scott, Michael hid a secret from his co-workers.  Unbeknownst to them, he planned to leave a day early to start his new life with Holly in Colorado.

While the party planning committee worked on plans for his farewell party, Michael imparted a final gift, whether an actual present or words of wisdom, to each of his co-workers.  Michael gave Dwight the recommendation letter he'd been craving -- despite Dwight feeding Michael bull's testicles out of spite in the belief he'd been overlooked for Michael's job -- before meeting him for a final paintball duel.  However, Michael can't find Pam, who was supposed to be pricing out paper shredders but in reality went to see The King's Speech.

Jim figured out that Michael is leaving early but kept his secret, except to Pam.   After confronting Michael about his deception, the two say their emotional non-goodbye goodbyes, with each pretending Michael will be back the following day.

Michael arrived at the airport, finally shedding his microphone the documentary crew had been using for years to record his voice.  He asked the crew to let him know "if this ever airs," just before Pam finally caught up with him.  The pair shared a long embrace, and Pam then watched as Michael's plane took off.

Back at the office, Michael's co-workers stood around the conference room, which was decorated for Michael's farewell party, not knowing Michael was already gone.  His temporary replacement, formerly obese manager DeAngelo Vickers -- played by Will Ferrell -- attacked the cake with his bare hands, shoveling fistfuls into his mouth.

NBC also aired a tease of upcoming episodes of The Office, hinting at possible replacements for Carell.  The tease included footage of Ray Romano, British actress and comic Catherine Tate, Will Arnett, James Spader, Jim Carrey and the creator and star of the original British version of The Office, Ricky Gervais.

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