Ricky Gervais Won’t Star In ‘The Office’ Finale
Steve Carell also won’t reprise his role as Michael Scott for the last instalment, after he left the show towards the end of the seventh season.
Carell’s Scott was inspired by Gervais’ David Brent, who was the star of the original British version of the show, which ran for two seasons and one Christmas special between 2001 and 2003.
Millions of viewers are set to tune in on May 16 for the finale, but Gervais’ filming commitments with The Muppets 2 and other plans have clashed, meaning he is unable to attend.
Gervais is thought to have made over $50 million from the show, thanks to DVD sales and various spin-offs across the world.
The British comedian recently reprised his role as David Brent for several BBC videos, as he looked to promote Comic Relief. This saw him release a video for a new song, Equality Street, and a mini-episode called The Office Revisited also showed him working alongside a burgeoning musician, whose career he subsequently ruins.
Meanwhile, a synopsis for The Office finale has been released by NBC, telling viewers what they can expect from the episode.
“Months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks and prunked.”
This episode will be preceded by a one-hour tribute to the show, which will be filled with a variety of interviews and bonus footage.
B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Dakota Johnson, Rachael Harris, Joan Cusack, Malcolm Barrett, Ed Begley,Jr., Matt Jones, Andy Buckley, Mike Schur, and Bobby Ray Shafer have confirmed that they will return for the final episode.
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