Steve Carell: Yes, I'm Leaving The Office
Sitcom star will depart after upcoming season
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2010 6:21 PM CDT
Steve Carell arrives at the world premiere of "Despicable Me," on Sunday June 27, 2010, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn)

(Newser) – Ending weeks of speculation, Steve Carell has confirmed that he'll leave The Office when his contract expires at the end of the 2010-2011 season. "I just think it's time," the sitcom star tells E! "When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go."

Carell also floats the possibility that The Office could continue without its clueless manager: "It doesn't certainly mean the end of the show. I think it's just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually."