Steve Carell Rules Out Guest Return On ‘The Office’

Steve Carell has shot down the idea of a guest appearance on NBC‘s The Office, saying his character, cringeworthy boss Michael Scott, would disappoint people if he were brought back. Speaking to The Los Angeles Times, Carell said:

“Do you really think that people want to see Michael Scott again? I think the people who say they want to see Michael Scott reappear would be ultimately slightly disappointed. And I think in a way it’s better to imagine where Michael and Holly are at this point than actually see it.”

In the show, Scott left the Dundler Miffin paper company at the end of the seventh season, after he proposed to Holly (Amy Ryan). Since then, the sitcom has had the tough task of replacing the much-loved Scott – season eight saw new boss Robert California (James Spader) take over, but by the very next season he was out and replaced by Andy Bernard (Ed Helms).

The tenth season will see the departure of Mindy Kaling for her new Fox show The Mindy Project, while Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight in the show, is leaving to work on a proposed spin-off for the Dwight character.

Carell is currently concentrating on the big screen – he stars in the romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and will appear in the August release Hope Springs.

Do you crave a return to Scranton and Dunder Mifflin for Michael Scott, or do you think a return would weaken the show’s credibility?