Carell out of Office
THE set of The Office is usually the home of non-stop laughs, but last month it became a place of tears and sadness.
After almost seven years on the show, Steve Carell filmed his last scene as the offbeat Michael Scott after deciding to leave to spend more time with his family.
‘‘ People were crying a lot, especially when it came time to do your last scene with Steve,’’ says co-star Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam in the series.
‘‘ We were all really emotional but it was also really warm because we have such a fondness for Steve and we knew that this was a good decision for his life, so it was a little bittersweet in that way.’’
While there were initially fears that Carell’s departure would signal the end of the series, those worries were laid to rest when it was renewed for an eighth season.
Instead of immediately replacing the character of Michael Scott, the writers and producers have a revolving cast of temporary managers. The first will be played by comedic actor Will Ferrell.
Instead of putting the nail in the coffin of the series, Fischer says it has revived it and she believes the show will evolve into something new and exciting.
‘‘ We have filmed several episodes now [ since Carell left] and, I have to say, I’m really excited about those episodes,’’ Fischer says.
‘‘ I think they’re some of the funniest that we’ve done this season. The feeling on set is very upbeat, very positive.
‘‘ The writers did a wonderful job with the transition and I honestly couldn’t be happier.’’
So is there a possibility her character could become the new boss?
‘‘ Gosh,’’ she gasps, ‘‘ maybe for a day would be interesting but we know that Pam is not a very good salesperson.
‘‘ I just don’t know that if, within that group, she could ever get enough respect to actually manage people. I don’t think anyone would listen to any of her deadlines or her procedural guidelines so I think it would be a disaster.’’
Whether her character is promoted or not, Fischer says she’s happy to stay as an employee of Dunder Mifflin for the long haul.
‘‘ I’m still attached to The Office, I’m still attached to Pam and the people I work with – the crew as well,’’ she says.
‘‘ I love that stability. I love going to the same place for work every day around the same time with the same cook, who cooks me my breakfast.
‘‘ I really like that environment and for that reason I’m happy to be on the show.’’