New Rumors Are Swirlin' Around The Office: Do You Truly Believe Steve Carell *Won't* Be Back?


Ever since Steve Carell quit The Office near the end of Season 7, the actor has insisted that he'll never return to the series as our beloved Michael Scott, even though both NBC and showrunner Greg Daniels—not to mention probably all of us who are still watching the show—want to see Mr. Holly Flax one more time. Carell explained his reasoning to Access Hollywood back in January, saying, "I just didn't think it was right for the character. That character had an arc within the story and kind of grew and sort of evolved past the idea of the documentary. ... It didn't really make sense." 

But with the series finale approaching—Dunder-Mifflin is scheduled to close its doors for good in an hour-long send-off on May 16—rumors are spreading that Carell might make an appearance after all. From TVLine:

Insiders tell TVLine that producers mounted an 11th hour effort last month to coax Carell into making a cameo in the show’s hour-long swan song. And while no one is confirming that the final diplomatic push proved successful, no one is denying it either. 

Apparently, Carell's publicist said that while the actor was indeed on the set for the last day of filming, he didn't shoot any scenes. But ALSO apparently, a "source close to the show" said not to rule anything out. So: Obviously this is cryptic buzz-building for the finale, right? Everybody spends the next few weeks vehemently denying any and all rumors of a Steve Carell cameo, and then Michael shows up at some point during the finale and maybe we'll all be able to forgive some of terrible things the show has done this season? 

Admittedly, I really want to know how things turn out for Michael, whether we actually get to "see" him or not. The show has to at least include some sort of present-day mention of him, right? I suppose the easiest and probably most unsatisfying way would be to show us the documentary (which I don't really want to see in its entirety) and then end with an epilogue of "Michael and Holly lived happily ever after and now they have two kids" or whatever. One step up from that might be a scene where one of the current characters—or the office as a whole—gets a phone call or an email forward or heck, even a birth announcement from an off-screen Michael, whatever the writers need to put a definitive "the end" on his story. 

But what if Carell did concede to a top-secret cameo? For the record, I've always thought it'd be weird for Michael to ever completely cut ties with the Scranton gang. Plus, doesn't his mom live in Pennsylvania? So it'd be easy to bring him back to town for a visit. He wouldn't even have to interact with the Dunder-Mifflin folks on purpose; what if Dwight or Jim or Pam accidentally ran into Michael somewhere outside the office? Or, better yet, can you imagine Toby being outed as the true Scranton Strangler because Michael catches him in the act? Even in a worst-case scenario, we could learn that the documentary crew sent somebody out to Colorado to get to some footage of Michael and Holly living happily ever after. 

Point is, yes, I want to see Michael again. And I'm gonna be kinda bummed by this latest gossip if things don't go my way. I'm fully aware that I'm probably setting myself up for disappointment. But what do YOU think? 

Also: If you do think we'll see Carell in the finale, how do you think it'll happen?

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I think they should have Michael Wallace call Michael Scott back in order to save the company from it's own implosion. I know Steve Carell thinks his character is passed the role but when the people unanimously ask for his return clearly it's what the people want to see and that's what it's all about.
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Even if they only show Michael from a distance with Holly and a baby, that would make me so happy.
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I just want some kind of closure for Michael. Even if we don't actually see him, I want him acknowledged and to know that he ended up happy. But it would be more awesome to see him on screen.
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que carell carell
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I'm sure he'll show up, if even for just a speakerphone call. I personally don't feel like the series needs Michael Scott to go out, people live their own lives outside our spheres sometimes, it's ok to leave it at that and just imagine how they're doing rather than put some fine point on it - one that might not be satisfying to the audience. We don't follow Ryan or Kelly or Gabe or Jan or Robert California anymore, so why Michael Scott?

Although I'd definitely love a scene of Toby as the Scranton Strangler either getting caught by Michael Scott, or KILLING Michael Scott!
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I really would love it to happen, I am not holding my breath but it would be amazing to see Michael again. At least I would love some mention of him and how he and Holly are doing
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Here's to hoping!
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I think if he doesn't show up. I say shame on him & the show. He's what started it and he should finish it. I could see him showing up to Dunder-Mifflin to suprise everbody at the end of the episode and nobody be there cause Andy let them go home earlier for the day. That would be a funny final scene. I really think he should be there for closure.
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Love that idea. I would definitely chuckle at that one.
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I always thought they were denying that he would appear to make it a surprise. Although by now, it's just getting ridiculous. He's not in the finale, fine. He is in the finale, even better. Either way, it's not worth the fuss they make about it.
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<-------- Pessimist. I mean me, not Hobbes... I think Hobbes is optimistic.

I don't think Carrell will appear.
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Obviously I would love if Michael Scot was to return for Office series finale, but this is getting ridiculous. How stubborn can Steve Carrel be, to not make a stupid 5 minutes appearance to the series that somewhat 'made' him? All his notions and concerns about ruining the character's 'authenticity' are pure bullshit.
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I have no doubt he`ll take part in the finale, it`s just a strong gut feeling. All I have ever heard about him is that he is one of the nicest guys in the business. I could see him going back because this is the show that gave him his break.
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Perhaps he'll make a cameo just to please the fans?
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Last year, my friend lived in Los Angeles for four months on a Film internship (working on the Paramount lot for 'The Doctors'). He met numerous actors and also talked to crew members of different shows. One of them told him that Steve Carell would in fact be appearing in the series finale, but they're keeping it a secret. Hmmmmmmmmm....
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I haven't bought in to their "Michael isn't coming back" stuff one bit. I suppose the finale might prove me wrong, but Steve Carell would definitely be one to pull a fast one on the audience and vehemently deny any involvement with the finale for months and then actually be in it. Besides, no one continuously denies something like this for this long without something to hide, right? Fingers crossed.
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haven't they already filmed the finale? so I doubt it.. but anything could happen. but I still doubt it.
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No matter what I just don't want a stupid ending. Minus very small things this season, it's been a very abysmal season so I'm almost indifferent what happens??
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I say, NO he won't be back and there doing this "coy" crap to try to get people to watch just to see if he does show up, don't get me wrong, it would be nice to get a little clip of his life with Holly but the way the whole season has gone I don't expect it, hell if they did, they would probably have Micheal and Holly broken up like there trying to do to PB&J permanently ruining the series like they've been doing all season.
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Yes, his character got the perfect ending... but he WAS the show and it just wouldn't be right for him to not be part of the ending.
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Oops, just read FringeFanatic's comment below and realized I've unintentionally paraphrased. Hard to beat that guy/gal.
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Michael was the heart and soul of The Office for SEVEN YEARS!

It became a different (and most fans would attest much worse) show since his heartfelt and emotional departure. The past few seasons have kind of aimlessly gone along with no clear vision or purpose. They haven't been out-and-out bad (okay, at times it's been pretty bad), and there were even a few great moments, but they were nowhere near the Michael years. I could go into a whole diatribe about Andy as the Regional Manager, but I won't even go there. Suffice it to say, Michael/Steve WAS The Office.

Now I'm not one to buy into rumours, so I won't be expecting or getting my hopes up for a cameo too highly. But in my honest and humble opinion, it would feel WRONG if Steve Carrell was not included in some capacity.

There doesn't have to be a cameo, but I don't think it would cheapen the character if there was one. Haven't we all wondered what Michael and Holly are up to? I always imagined they'd have triplets (girls) and own/operate some cozy bed and breakfast in Freeport, Maine (I have a very specific imagination).

I could live with a voicemail, email or phone call, but I'm with Jen. I want to see Michael again.

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I honestly couldn't say, I won't be expecting him but it wouldn't surprise me at all if he showed up, even for just a moment.
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I agree, it's out of character for him to have NOT stayed in their lives. Or at least called on the phone. C'mon, Carrell, just record some voiceover.
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I don't think he will. Carrell said in another interview that he thinks it would be anticlimatic for him to return, and that it is up to the viewer's imagination to think where Michael and Holly ended up.
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Plus, that will take away from my fun of pretending that the show ended when he left. It was at that point that I stopped watching and not one person I've talked to who has watched since then has said that I made the wrong call. They've told me that they want to see how they all end up, and they were missing these characters, but I haven't heard a single person say that the show is even as funny as it was with Carrell, and I've heard many a tale of it being worse. So I hope he stuck to his guns and did not appear again as Michael Scott.
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agreed, there is no way he will be back
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