Steve Carell Says He's Ready To Leave The Office
Posted on Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:29 PM PDT

carell200.jpgSteve Carell says that his days on The Office are numbered and that he's ready to leave the show.

The 47-year-old actor tells E! News, "I just think it's time. 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.”

Carell has played his character Michael Scott for the past six seasons.

As for leaving the role that has earned him several Emmy nominations, the actor adds, "[This might] add some new life and some new energy to the show. I certainly didn’t anticipate any hubbub over it. I didn’t see it as a huge deal. [The writers] have incorporated so many new characters and so many new, great storylines that I have no doubt it’ll continue as strong if not stronger than ever.”