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Ricky Gervais isn't emotionally attached to the American version of The Office.
The 51-year-old British comedian - who created the original BBC series - admits he has only watched the NBC version, starring Steve Carell, a few times and is only a fan because it has made him more money than any of his other TV shows. "I don't think I've seen much of it. It wasn't my baby. It was my rights, so I cashed the checks. I think it was good, but I didn't have the same emotional attachment to it. I [have made] more [money] than anything else probably I've ever done. It's the gift that keeps on giving, syndication," he told the June issue of GQ magazine.
Ricky insists he is not worried about the lukewarm response his new show Derek has received from his fans: "I don't worry about it at all. I think I'm pretty self-aware. I think I know what I'm doing. You know when you've been a prat, you know when you're being a prat, you know when something sounds pretentious. They mean they don't like Derek as much as Extras? Science as much as Animals [two of his stand-up specials]? They mean they don't like me. That's what they mean. So they're trying to justify their dislike in a critical response."
The Office changed John Krasinski's life. The 33-year-old actor was a waiter before he landed the role of Jim Halpert on the NBC show and John - who is married to Emily Blunt - will always be grateful for what it did for him.
"To say this show gave me everything is the biggest understatement. I was a waiter before The Office so to me, this was a winning lottery ticket. Everything about my life has changed," he told Us Weekly.
John admits he is "emotional" about the end of the show, and while he doesn't want to say goodbye, is happy he and his cast mates have the opportunity to bring their storylines to a satisfactory conclusion: "I get so emotional to think that we're ending the show. But I'm unbelievably proud to be a part of one that actually gets to end. Instead of being asked to leave, I actually get a shot at bringing the whole story and all the characters to a close."
"I figured the character would go back and visit everybody, but he wouldn't do it on camera at this point. I think he had grown past the idea of being in the documentary, that was my take on it... I just thought, yeah, he'd go back and visit, but he wouldn't want the camera crew to be documenting it."
- Former Office star Steve Carell explains why he won't be appearing in the show's series finale on May 16.
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John Krasinski is "emotional" about the end of The Office.
The actor - who is married to Emily Blunt - has played Jim Halpert on the comedy for seven years and while he doesn't want to say goodbye, he is happy that he and his castmates have the opportunity to bring their storylines to a satisfactory conclusion.
"I get so emotional to think that we're ending the show. But I'm unbelievably proud to be a part of one that actually gets to end. Instead of being asked to leave, I actually get a shot at bringing the whole story and all the characters to a close," he said.
John, 33, also revealed he used to live in fear of the show ending and asked for some of the first episodes on DVD so he could show his mother. "We actually had a guy come down every Friday to the set and he'd be like, 'Ah man, this episode's so great. It's going so well. The dailies are looking great. You know this is the last episode, right? We're not going to pick it up.' And I was like, 'Can I at least get these on DVD to show my mom?' And he actually did give me the first six episodes on DVD, because we were sure we actually weren't going to get picked up," he explained.
Carrey will play someone interviewing for the management position being left behind by Steve Carell’s character, whose last episode airs next week. The hour-long finale airs on May 19.
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Well, it sort of means he’ll be on the show for a little longer. Steve Carell’s final turn as Michael Scott will be broadcast in a special 50-minute episode of The Office. In a little present to Thursday night watchers, NBC will also extend Parks & Recreation and 30 Rock. Look for Carell's big good-bye on April 28.
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Will Ferrell finally spilled some spoilers from his Office appearance, which will begin this week on NBC. Ferrell will be around for four episodes to help fill the gap that will be left when Michael Scott (Steve Carell) leaves the show.
“My character’s name is Deangelo Vickers,” he revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “He loves the American Southwest, and he’s just kind of in his own way going to step into Michael Scott’s shoes and try to fill them.”
Ferrell is well-known to NBC viewers after his 7-season stint on SNL. But, he had a bigger reason for joining the cast of The Office, however briefly. “I’m friends with Steve [Carell] and a fan of show, and I just selfishly wanted to do one episode with him, and they pitched multiple ones, and I said, ‘that’d be great.’” And we think so too.
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NBC just got awesome again. The Office teased weeks ago that movie star and former SNL alum Will Ferrell would be joining the series (for only four episodes), but now they’ve finally released a date: April 14. View the teaser for his episode in the video above.
Ferrell will step in to ease the sting of pain that will result from Steve Carell’s absence. The two are core members of the Frat Pack and longtime friends. Ferrell will be playing the branch manager who steps in at Dunder Mifflin when Michael Scott (Carell) steps out. Carell’s last episode airs on April 28.
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There's only one other person who could probably appreciate Michael Scott's humor as much as Holly Flax does -- and that's his UK counterpart David Brent.
On last night's episode of The Office, Ricky Gervais -- the star and the co-creator of the British version -- made his first appearance in Dunder Mifflin territory.
Although Gervais' run-in with Steve Carell was hilarious (as expected), his brief cameo had us dreaming of Brent/Scott partnership. Oh, the possibilities ...
I guess Will Ferrell-lead office will just have to suffice.
Read More | The Hollywood Reporter
At long last, Will Ferrell will be returning to NBC. The actor has signed on for a guest-starring stint on The Office, which will be down one Steve Carell.
For a little while, at least, Ferrell will step in as the temporary boss at Dunder Mifflin. He will play a branch manager who comes to take over for Michael Scott (Carell).
“We are proud to continue The Office’s tradition of discovering famous talent,” said Paul Lieberstein (who plays Toby). “We hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see -- tremendous, raw sexuality.”
Oh, we do … ever since we saw SNL’s now-legendary “Patriotic G-String” skit.
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