Exclusive: Steve Carell Back for The Office Finale

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STEVE CARELLMichael Scott, you sneaky little devil you.

On the heels of another carefully worded denial from exec producer Greg Daniels that The Office‘s May 16 series finale will not feature a return appearance by Steve Carell, TVLine has learned exclusively that the Dunder Mifflin legend will, in fact, turn up in the swan song.

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In a conference call with reporters last week, Daniels sort-of-but-not-really shot down speculation about a Carell comeback, saying, “I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved.”

Possible translation: Carell’s return won’t overshadow the ending.

And by all accounts, it won’t. According to sources, Carell’s return engagement qualifies as more of a cameo than a full-fledged guest appearance. (It’s unclear if Carell will be joined by his Office soul mate Amy Ryan.)

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An NBC spokesperson declined to comment, while Carell’s rep insists that the Office finale will be Scott-free.

On Saturday, Carell surprised thousands of Office fans when he joined his former co-stars at a huge “wrap party” held in the real Scranton, Pennsylvania.



Comments (91)

  • YES!

    Comment by David – May 6, 2013 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Michael Scott has been behind the documentary the entire time.

      Comment by Sg. Grant – May 6, 2013 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’ve suspected that for a while now too.

        Comment by april-ann – May 6, 2013 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES YES!!! He will be pushing a baby carriage down the street, no words spoken just happy Michael and his son or daughter…maybe Holly will be there holding his hand too :)

      Comment by Aryn – May 6, 2013 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WILL YOU MAKE UP YOUR MINDS ALREADY?

    Comment by Scott – May 6, 2013 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To which the Internet replied-
    ‘Called it.’
    Haha
    But seriously, this is probably the best news I’ve heard all day. Well second best, after I heard I had a new cousin named Harry :)

    Comment by Mare – May 6, 2013 09:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Congrats on your cousin!

      I really hope Michael Scott is a father, that’s the last closure needed for him I think.

      Comment by Elly – May 6, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I knew when they kept saying he wasn’t going to be on the finale that he in fact would be on the finale. Nice try but most TV viewers are smarter than TPTB give us credit for. ;)

    Comment by Shannon – May 6, 2013 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes. YES. I want to see him watching the show and re-living all of the good times he had there and then the show will be complete for me.

    Comment by Kris – May 6, 2013 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is anyone surprised?

    Comment by Toia – May 6, 2013 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, if it was supposed to be a surprise, then this certainly ruins it.

      Comment by Jon88 – May 6, 2013 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad to hear this. It wouldn’t feel like a true series finale without an appearance from Steve.

    Comment by Sarah – May 6, 2013 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Went to Office Wrap this weekend, and when he showed, I knew it was pretty certain. SO EXCITED!

    Comment by Sarah – May 6, 2013 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was there too…it was the BEST!!! Ain’t no party like a Scranton Party :)

      Comment by Belle – May 6, 2013 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It has to be a Michael Scott kind of cameo. Something so bizarre, off the wall, yet well intentioned.

    Comment by Tony – May 6, 2013 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I bet we see him flipping off the tv as he was watching the documentary or something like that.

    Comment by CK – May 6, 2013 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • as in turning off the TV – not giving it the finger. LOL!

      Comment by CK – May 6, 2013 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yeah! like he’s happy to see everyone’s doing a-okay. =)

      Comment by cjeffery7 – May 6, 2013 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s what I’ve always thought that we’d see too as the credits roll. It’d be nice to see a wedding ring prominently displayed on his finger as he’s hitting the button on the remote…and then maybe even see him pick up a baby and say some kind of double-meaning good-bye/good night to the little one. “Ok…time for bed now. That’s the end.” :)

      Comment by JLK – May 6, 2013 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My thoughts exactly! :)

        Comment by CK – May 6, 2013 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s what she said

        Comment by Dan – May 6, 2013 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Awwwww, I love this idea. I’d be happy with that.
        This is good news.

        Comment by Angela – May 6, 2013 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news.

    Comment by Mike – May 6, 2013 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How stupid did they think we were? Pretty stupid, I guess. This was always going to happen.

    Comment by EJ – May 6, 2013 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think I remember reading, maybe here, that the finale is a “where are they now” party, so of course it makes sense that Michael would show up, even if it’s only a pre recorded message that shows highlights of what’s happened to him.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – May 6, 2013 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was the worst kept secret. Steve denied it too but you had to know he would come back.

    Comment by sarah – May 6, 2013 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The again, does anyone remember how the return of Julianna Marguilies and George Clooney on the alleged final season of ER wasn’t even promoted. A few old fans may want to know that the guy will be back.
    Ratings starved NBC could use some ratings bump Thursdays at 9!

    Comment by sam – May 6, 2013 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s exactly what I said to my husband as they were in deny mode about Carell. ER pulled it off after major denials…I think The Office could make it work too. Since it sounds like he’s barely in it, I think it’s good NBC’s not promoting it. That would probably tick off a lot of people…to watch 60 minutes (plus some if Daniels gets his way) and they don’t see Carell for more than 30 seconds of it.

      Comment by JLK – May 6, 2013 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I loved that ER cameo! I had told my mom Clooney would show up but she didn’t believe it. Also happy that Steve will make one more Office appearance.

      Comment by Tiffany – May 6, 2013 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone who believed for one second that Carell would not be in the finale, despite every denial known to man, is a very, very naive person. Oh, and Beyonce is NOT reuniting with Destiny’s Child at the Super Bowl, either. Good grief, people, when will you learn?

    Comment by Jason – May 6, 2013 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Right????!! Like Carrell was just “hanging around and visiting” on a closed set last month. smh

      Comment by JB Smooove – May 6, 2013 10:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why just blatantly spoil a cameo that is really important?

    Comment by RobMF – May 6, 2013 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, considering how much the writers wanted to keep it a secret until the finale, you could have at least made it a spoiler… even if it was obvious lol.

      Comment by kavyn – May 6, 2013 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one disappointed by this news. I love Steve, but I hate Michael Scott. he is just the most annoying character on TV. This season of the office has been great without him. I hope it’s a small cameo.

    Comment by Steven – May 6, 2013 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Said one person ever.

      Seriously you’re the only person I’ve seen say they like The Office more without Steve Carrell. How did you even come to like the show for the first 7 years?

      Comment by Meg – May 6, 2013 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome news!

    Comment by sara – May 6, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not saying this isn’t true, but what are the sources? I mean, everyone is still denying this is happening, from NBC, Daniels, to Carell.

    If it is true–and I’m sure it probably is–I think it’s actually pretty crappy for someone to have confirmed it to Ausiello when everyone involved with the show clearly wants to keep it secret.

    Comment by popculture420 – May 6, 2013 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think there’s a chance the network ordered it leaked in hopes of increasing viewership.

      Comment by elf – May 6, 2013 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • True. If it was approved by the network/showrunners, I think it’s fine. Otherwise, it’s sort of a shame it got spoiled–especially since it’s just on the TVLine main page without a spoiler warning!

        Comment by popculture420 – May 6, 2013 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I kind of wish this had been kept a secret. It would have been such a huge surprise to get to see him show up in the finale.

    Comment by Lauren – May 6, 2013 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree completely. Why couldn’t they label it a spoiler rather than blasting it on the front page.

      Comment by macy – May 6, 2013 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Strange how trying to keep nice surprises a secret gets translated into thinking the viewers are stupid or that they can’t make up their minds.

    It’s an odd era we are in as TV viewers where everyone wants to know what happens before it happens. The interview with the Bones showrunner where he assures us Pelant will die eventually and Booth will make things right with Bones stood out as even stranger than things normally are in spoiler-ville. Leave us with SOME suspense, geez! We’re not going to fall apart over the summer. It’s okay to have surprises and things that catch you off guard or leave you wondering for a while.

    Comment by Brooke – May 6, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. I for some reason had misinformation and told my wife that the finale this season was THE SERIES Finale. Obviously by the time it had ended I had quite a bit of egg on my face. Clearly it has another year to go. I’m not sure what is wrong with we, the television audience, needing these spoilers. I had trained myself into seclusion from the internet back when I was watching new episodes of Lost.

      Comment by Aaron – May 6, 2013 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such great news! The ‘Scott-free’ Office has been a ‘lesser’ Office for me. Carell’s performance as Michael Scott was SUBLIME – one of television’s finest. That he was never rewarded with an Emmy is one of the great injustices in entertainment history.

    Comment by Nathan – May 6, 2013 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I read this article 4 times and agree that it has no concrete evidence on this news. I keep hearing the finale involves “a wedding”, so we can speculate there will be a switcheroo where we think Dwight is marrying his new farm girl and it turns out to be Angela, OR, it turns out to be Michael and Holly getting hitched. Ideally, it would be Dwight and Angela(as they are clearly hinting towards that rekindling) and we see Michael and Holly slip in the back with a newborn baby. Ideas?

    Comment by Aaron – May 6, 2013 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is awesome. I am happy with just a cameo. I can totally see like at the very last scene of the episode. Michael coming in to surprise everbody and then nobody end up being there cause ever one left early for the day. That would be funny. With him coming in and yelling “Thats what she said”.

    Comment by Jesse – May 6, 2013 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • lol…I like that idea! :)

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  • Thanks for ruining a great surprise just so you can have your precious exclusive.

    Comment by aryanghetto – May 6, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so cool

    Comment by Kelly – May 6, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone else think that if Michael Ausiello and the internet were around in May 1990, he would have completely ‘spoiled’ the last scene in the “Newhart” finale? Jeez, what a way to make a living. (And to any snarky responders, my answer will be: “Yes, I realize that…but I think I’ve made my point anyway.)

    Comment by ccbaxter47 – May 6, 2013 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No snark here — I agree with you completely. I would have loved to have been surprised while watching the finale.

      Comment by macy – May 6, 2013 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome! This is probably the only thing that can salvage this terrible season.

    Comment by Abe Froman – May 6, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • While season 8 was pretty bad. season 9 has been far better.”new guys”, “Andy’s ancestry” “roys wedding” “livin the dream” “paper airplane” are all great episodes. I do miss Michael a lot though but I wouldn’t call this season terrible at all.

      Comment by Ty – May 6, 2013 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YAY!!!

    Comment by Mari – May 6, 2013 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I knew it! Didn’t they say he was there for the finale filming? And if they do it as a “reunion show” it would be easy to imagine that Michael would make the trip. I didn’t believe for a second that he wouldn’t be there but appreciate NBC for trying to keep it a secret. Most of the time they’d hype the heck out of his return rather than letting it be a surprise.

    Comment by Jessica Luce (@Sleepy_Viking) – May 6, 2013 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show should end with him coming back. That’s full circle and satisfying.

    Comment by Truefan – May 6, 2013 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just because you have the information doesn’t mean you should ruin the surprise

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  • This is not shocking. I’ve been saying it forever, even before he made the appearance during filming. That sealed the deal for me.

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    Comment by JB Smooove – May 6, 2013 10:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show has never been the same since Michael left. They tried to make Andy funny and goofy just like him, but it just didn’t work for me.

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  • I’m over Michael Scott. What the finale really needs to address is unwrapping the enigma that is Creed.

    Comment by RichieS – May 7, 2013 05:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In my dream world, the finale would of had the whole Office cast fly out to Colorado for him and Holly’s wedding.

    Comment by Peter Gram – May 7, 2013 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WOW, thanks for the COOLEST finale idea ever…wish I’d thought of it! That being said, I’ll settle for Michael, Holly & their newborn baby slipping quietly in to the last row of seats in the church…and silently mouthing, ‘That’s what WE said!’ into the camera :)

      Comment by Robyn Guzman – May 7, 2013 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe Dwight and Angela get married and he’s at the wedding….

    Comment by laylagalise – May 9, 2013 02:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by Lady J – May 9, 2013 09:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to confess I stopped watching after they allowed “Michael Scott” to leave. I LOVE Steve Carell. He’s a gifted actor. I did watch the retrospective and the last episode. It was fabulous. When Michael Scott showed up for Dwight, I was so happy! The only part I didn’t understand was Ryan abandoning his baby to run off with Kelly. I know those two characters were self-absorbed, but, this? Maybe it’s because I missed the years since The Office has been Scott free. Anyone have any comments on that?

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