Steve Carell leaves 'The Office' after 7 seasons

April 29, 2011 6:11:17 AM PDT
Scranton branch manager Michael Scott has left "The Office," as promised, in a fond farewell for the actor who played him, series star Steve Carell (kuh-REHL'). Carell is leaving the NBC comedy after seven seasons to concentrate on films. But his character leaves Dunder Mifflin paper supply company after 19 years, bound for Colorado with his fiancee, Holly.

On the episode airing Thursday, the show's full cast of office workers were properly emotional at Michael's departure. This included Michael's replacement, played by guest star Will Ferrell in a four-episode story arc.

NBC has not announced who will permanently replace Carell on the series, which comically depicts office life in a documentary film style. "The Office" has been renewed for next season.