Why Steve Carell Really Left ‘The Office’

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Fans of “The Office,” the US adaptation of the UK original series, were devastated when star Steve Carell left the show at the end of season 7. Many of us started showing the 7 signs of depression when he left in 2011.

The rumor at the time was that Steve Carell, who was starting to land bigger and bigger film roles, was ready for bigger paychecks on the big screen.

It stung – Regional Manager Michael Scott was the central focus of the entire show. Many people considered this show a beloved part of their lives, and it hurt to see Carell leave like that. The network played it off like the whole thing was his idea, and he didn’t speak up against them.

If this all sounds like some sketchy Hollywood cover-up sort of stuff, you’re onto something. The truth is stranger than it all seemed.

New Book Reveals Truth About ‘The Office’

In a new book written by Andy Greene called “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s,” we learn that Carell’s departure wasn’t what it seemed.

Andy Greene is an author and a Senior Writer for Rolling Stone. According to Vulture, “Greene conducted interviews with nearly everybody who worked on- or offscreen for Dunder Mifflin to construct his exhaustive and definitive oral history of the series.”

And here’s what he learned.

Why Steve Carell Really Left ‘The Office’

“The Office” hairstylist Kim Ferry told Greene that Carell wanting to leave the show was a myth.

“He had told the network he was going to sign on for another couple of years,” she said. “He was willing to and his agent was willing to. Maybe they were just trying to wait it out and then they were going to offer him something lesser.”

Producer Randy Cordray told Greene, “I really think that he would’ve stayed on longer, but if you’re not respected and don’t even get offered a contract or a discussion of a future contract, then you move on.”

Casting director Allison Jones said,

“As I recall, he was going to do another season and then NBC, for whatever reason, wouldn’t make a deal with him. Somebody didn’t pay him enough. It was absolutely asinine. I don’t know what else to say about that. Just asinine.”

Steve Carell did not comment on the issue of his departure in the book.

If you want to learn more juicy details about the behind-the-scenes drama of “The Office,” which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, pick up Andy Greene’s book today!