With reports of Steve Carell’s departure from The Office officially confirmed, many are wondering who NBC will tap to replace the outgoing comedian. It now appears that two front-runners have emerged: Danny McBride and Rhys Darby.
Entertainment Weekly reports on the possibility that one of these two actors will join The Office later this season, possibly filling Michael Scott’s soon-to-be vacant managerial position or simply finding another role within Dunder-Mifflin. Showrunner Paul Lieberstein confirms that the writers are having conversations about introducing a new character, though rumors of the Eastbound and Down and Flight of the Conchords actors joining the show were not verified.
Reached for comment, McBride’s representatives told EW that the actor is “very happy on Eastbound & Down,” while Darby’s representatives did not speak out on the rumor.
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