Steve Carell unlikely to return for final episode of ‘The Office’

The US remake is bowing out after nine seasons with a special 60-minute episode this May (2013)

Steve Carell is unlikely to return for the final episode of The Office, an NBC bigwig has admitted.

Carell starred as hapless manager Michael Scott in the first seven seasons of the US remake, but left in 2011 to concentrate on his film career. In more recent episodes, his office boss role has been filled by James Spader and Catherine Tate.

However, ratings have dipped since Carell’s exit and longtime fans have felt that quality control has wavered too. Back in August 2012, show runner Greg Daniels announced that the current season of The Office will be the last.

The show will bow out with a special 60-minute episode airing in the US on May 9. According to NBC’s Robert Greenblatt, Carell will probably not make an appearance. During a US press tour attended by The Hollywood Reporter, Greenblatt admitted: “I’m hopeful but I don’t think he will be back. He left in the way that he wanted that character to leave, and I think he and Greg [Daniels] have talked about it and I don’t think he’ll be back. There’s maybe a little Hail Mary pass on a cameo, but I think the decision is that it’ll go out without him rather than compromising his exit.”

Meanwhile, Carell will soon be appearing on the big screen alongside Jim Carrey. The pair appear together in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a comedy about rival Las Vegas magicians that opens later this year (2013). Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.