For some reason, despite the fact that he’s the lead character and best-known actor on the show, Steve Carell is just shocked that anyone would be upset that he's leaving The Office. “I'm surprised by it, frankly,” he tells the Los Angeles Times of the uproar surrounding his decision. “I didn't think it would be that big a deal. I'm just not renewing my contract. I'm surprised there's any sort of hubbub about it.” Um…riiiiiight.
Steve Carell, are you living on the planet of False Modesty? You are the “most important, likely irreplaceable character on a well-rated, beloved TV show,” writes Willa Paskin for New York. “This would be easier to believe if Carell is playing contract-negotiation games, which he doesn't seem to be, or if he is playing a character whose leading characteristic is intentional obliviousness, which we are starting to think he might be.”