5 Picks to Be New Boss at The Office How about Ricky Gervais to replace Steve Carell? By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 3, 2010 4:56 PM CDT 5 comments Comments Steve Carell is leaving The Office. (AP Photo/NBC, Justin Lubin) (Newser) – The Office without Steve Carell as boss might be unthinkable, but think we must. Who could possibly replace him? The Week rounds up five possibilities: Ricky Gervais: He's the boss from the original British version, and he's "inherently meaner" as an actor, which could be fun, writes Christopher Rosen at the New York Observer. Lisa Kudrow: Or maybe Elizabeth Banks of 30 Rock. It would be fun to watch Dwight Schrute squirm working for a woman, writes Jon Chattman at the Huffington Post. Old Spice Guy: In his commercials, "he's basically acting like a pompous idiot, and what better show could there be for pompous idiots than The Office?," explains the Hollywood Reporter. For the full list (what about Dwight or Jim?), click here.