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NBC affirms Carell's `The Office' exit next season

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
FILE - In this July 19, 2010 file photo, actor Steve Carell attends the premiere of Dinner For Schmucks at The Ziegfeld Theater, in New York. 
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FILE - In this July 19, 2010 file photo, actor Steve Carell attends the premiere of "Dinner For Schmucks" at The Ziegfeld Theater, in New York. Associated Press

NBC might wish Steve Carell was just joking, but a network executive says "The Office" star has consistently told NBC he's leaving after this season.

In the network's first acknowledgment of Carell's plans, NBC prime-time entertainment president Angela Bromstad said the actor's seven-year run as boss Michael Scott will end when his contract expires in 2011.

Bromstad says it's not unusual for a "major movie star" to leave a series, and added that "The Office" is strong enough to weather the change.

Carell first mentioned the possibility of leaving the sitcom in an April radio interview. Bromstad said the door was open for Carell's occasional return appearances as Michael. His new film is this week's "Dinner for Schmucks."

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