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Ricky Gervais Seconds Steve Carell’s Decision to Leave The Office

Ricky Gervais may be an executive producer of the American version of The Office, but the man who ended the original British Office after two seasons and a special knows that when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Writing on his blog about Steve Carell’s departure from the series, he says, “[Carell] is quite possibly the nicest, hardest working man in America and it has been a joy working with him over the last six years … but the truth is, I believe he is doing the right thing. He's fulfilled his contract and more, and is a huge film star now. (I knocked it on the head after 12 episodes and a Christmas special.) I'd be lying if I said he should do more. He shouldn't. He should move on, continue to do great work, and buy a new house every time The Office is repeated somewhere." It should be noted that every time an episode of The Office is repeated somewhere, Ricky Gervais can also buy a house, so him supporting this kind of blow to the longevity of the American Office is both very generous and a sign he already has too many houses. [Ricky Gervais via ArtsBeat/NYT]