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Steve Carell to depart US version of The Office

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Story by Jack Foley

STEVE Carell has confirmed he will leave the US version of The Office at the end of its 2010-2011 season – his seventh with the show.

The comedian reportedly confirmed the news when asked about his intentions by Us magazine at the LA Premiere of his new animated movie, Despicable Me.

He is quoted as replying: “Yes, it will be my last. It’s the last on my contract, and I want to honour my contract.”

Carell has become a US household name for his portrayal of egotistical office manager Michael Scott in the US sitcom, which is based on the original BBC series created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

It is not yet known whether the series will be allowed to continue without him, as NBC has so far refused to comment other than to say it is considering its options.

Despite an initially shaky start for the series, the US version of the show has emerged as one of the top-rated series on US TV and has come into its own since storylines moved away from its UK counterpart.

Indeed, Carell’s work on the show has consistently won acclaim and he won a Golden Globe for his work in 2006 and was nominated for an Emmy four years running, ironically losing out on one occasion to Gervais.

Commenting further on his departure, Carell said he expected to be “very nostalgic” towards the end of his time with the show, describing his colleagues as “some of my best friends in the world”.