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Steve Carell’s “Office” Farewell

Posted Thursday April 28, 2011 9:18 AM GMT

It’s been seven amazing years of watching Steve Carell play Michael Scott on “The Office,” and tonight it will come to an end.

The “Get Smart” actor will make his departure from the hit NBC comedy, and director Paul Feig told press they tried to keep it as realistic as possible.

He explained, "You treat it very honestly - that's what I love about the episode, they treated it very honest. I feel it's exactly the way it would go with a boss like Michael leaving Dunder Mifflin. If you think back on this he's been a very odd boss."

"The hardest part was balancing out our real-life love for Steve - who is the greatest man in the world, the nicest man in the world, you can't imagine working with somebody nicer than him - with how you would really react if a boss like that was leaving. The hardest part for Greg Daniels, who wrote the episode, and myself, being on set, was making sure that we didn't get sadder than the characters on the show would be."

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