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Steve Carell, who plays Michael Scott on NBC's "The Office," says next season could be his last.
Access Hollywood
updated 5/3/2010 4:30:47 PM ET 2010-05-03T20:30:47

Steve Carell says he’s ready to retire from “The Office.”

The star of the NBC comedy told BBC Radio that next fall’s seventh season could be his last.

“(I have a) contract through next season,” he said. When asked if he’d stay on after, he replied, “I don’t think so. I think that’ll probably be my last year.”

The in-demand actor, now starring in the box-office hit “Date Night” alongside Tina Fey, has upcoming roles in “Dinner for Schmucks” and the animated “Despicable Me,” as well as a number of other rumored attachments to films in development.

Carell started his tenure as “The Office’s” awkward, erratic Dunder-Mifflin manager Michael Scott in March 2005, after breakthrough roles in the films “Bruce Almighty” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” Just months later, the title role in 2005’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” established him as one of Hollywood’s top comedians.

The star earned a Golden Globe and has been nominated for four Emmys for his role — originated by Ricky Gervais — on the British-turned-American mockumentary series, which he also produces.

When contacted by Access Hollywood, a rep for NBC had no comment on Carell potentially leaving “The Office.”

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