Steve Carell announced today he plans to leave “The Office” at the end of next season.  “I just think it’s time,” he told E! Online.  “When I first signed on, I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.”

He added the show could continue without him, saying “It’s just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually.”  But really?  That’s like Homer leaving “The Simpsons” or The Balls not being on the “Wipeout” course.  Sure the name of the show would be the same, but who’d wanna watch that?

No comment from NBC on Jim or Dwight being named Regional Manager and no comment from Carell about a Date Night 2.

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