Steve Carell has revealed that he “lied for months to the press” about making an appearance in the final episode of The Office.
The actor reprised the role of Michael Scott (A.K.A; The Best Boss Ever) for the last time during the series finale of The Office in May. However, he has said that he lied for months, branding it the “best prank ever”.
Speaking to TV Line he said: “I lied. I lied for months to the press, to almost everyone really. And I felt terrible for the cast and for [executive producer] Greg Daniels, because they all lied too”.
Carell added that he knew he would be appearing “several months” before the show went to air. He said he kept quiet “because we just figured it would be a fun surprise if people weren’t expecting it”.
News outlets reported that he wasn’t returning, but some sussed out that he was possibly lying, reporting that he would indeed be returning. However, nobody knew for certain.
In the weeks leading up to the finale in May, Greg Daniels also denied that Carell was returning. In a conference call with members of the press and media, Daniels said: “I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved”.
Carell finally added that he didn’t want to be the center of attention when it came to the series finale, he said: “I didn’t want it to be a big thing. I did it out of respect of the show and for the actors.
“My only hope with it was I didn’t want it to be about Michael coming back. I didn’t want the story to be about him in any way. I wanted it to be more of a tip of the hat to the show”.
Star and creator of the original The Office in the UK, Ricky Gervais, was approached to appear in the finale of the US version, however he declined due to having a busy work schedule.