Rolling Stone‘s Andy Greene is working on releasing a new book called The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s. In the book, Greene includes interviews with several key members of the show’s crew. Specifically, Greene spoke to sound mixer Brian Wittle, casting director Allison Jones and hairstylist Kim Ferry. According to an excerpt from the book uncovered by Collider, the three former staffers allege that Steve Carell never intended to leave the show after its seventh season.
“He had told the network that he was going to sign for another couple of years. He was willing to and his agent was willing to. But for some reason, they didn’t contact him,” Ferry said.
“The deadline came for when [[NBC] were supposed to give him an offer and it passed and they didn’t make him an offer. So his agent was like, ‘Well, I guess they don’t want to renew you for some reason.’ Which was insane to me. And to him, I think,” Ferry explained.
Carell is best known for playing the role Michael Scott on The Office for seven seasons. Most recently, he starred in Apple TV+’s The Morning Show alongside Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. He has not publicly commented on these reports.