Michael Scott, The Office
In 2010, Steve Carell announced he was leaving the Emmy-winning TV series The
Office, after seven seasons of playing the goofy manager of a paper company. At the time, he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. But in the years since, he has reinvented himself as a dramatic actor.
The sitcom continued on for another two seasons adding James Spader’s Robert California to the mix. Carell did end up returning for the Season 9 finale, but he said it’s unlikely he would take part in any proposed reboot. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Carell told the
Daily News last year. “Fans of any show think that they want to see more of that show but I don’t really (believe) that’s the case, because they want it to be exactly what it was, and there’s no way it can be exactly what it was.”