Steve Carell Plans To Leave The Office Before Season Ends
Posted on Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:10 AM PDT

stevecarell200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Steve Carell is moving on from NBC's The Office after seven seasons.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein opened up about how the show will move on without Carell. He tells New York magazine's Vulture:

    "It was about focusing the spring on the office and everybody else, and not just a character going. If the show was ending, it would be about that. But it's not."

Lieberstein, who also stars as the Office show-runner, adds:

    "Steve will have a number of episodes that dramatize and lead up to Steve leaving. Then we'll continue on for about four more episodes, and the spring will prove to be not about an actor leaving, but what happens in an office when a manager leaves and the chaos ensues and people vie for the job and are uncertain about their future."

NBC has already given Season 8 the green light.