<i>The Office</i> Might Replace Steve Carell From Within

As Michael Scott prepares to leave Dunder Mifflin for good after this coming season of The Office, rumors are swirling about who might replace the outgoing Scranton branch boss. But don't look too far outside the box for Carell's replacement — if the writers get their say, the answer lies much closer to home.

"A lot of us want [to promote] from within, because we think we have such a strong cast, but we'll see," said producer Warren Lieberstein about possibly tapping one of the existing Office regulars to fill Carell's soon-to-be vacant shoes. "I'm really excited about this season and seeing if there's someone from within that we could promote. That would be amazing."

There's still a possibility that Carell could be replaced by a high profile actor who hasn't already appeared on The Office — like the previously rumored Danny McBride, for instance — as no decision has been made just yet. Regardless of the ultimate decision, the show's creative team is sad about Carell's choice to move on, though they're also hopeful about the future of The Office.

"I don't know how you soldier on from Steve leaving," said Lieberstein. "He's such an amazing talent. He's the best. He's the best, honestly. But we're kind of lucky, we have a lot of movie stars in our cast! Craig Robinson, Ed Helms, Rainn Wilson—and that Krasinski guy is not bad, and Jenna Fischer, she's pretty great. I think the reason we've been able to survive as many seasons as we have is because of the supporting cast."

Source: E! Online

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