March 05, 2011 11:30am PT by Sofia M. Fernandez
Steve Carell Tapes Last 'Office' Episode
Michael Scott has left the building.
Steve Carell, who plays Dunder-Mifflin's awkward office manager on The Office, has taped his last episode as a series regular on the NBC comedy.
Co-star Rainn Wilson tweeted Friday, "Steve Carell's last day on 'The Office.' And the angels of comedy wept."
Carell's show contract expired this year. NBC announced his departure last year, with then-entertainment division president Angela Bromstad saying the actor had become "a major movie star" and it was not unusual for such stars to leave a TV role.
Indeed, Carell has several projects lined up for his post-Office employment including a starring role in the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone for New Line and a producing-starring commitment to the drama Dogs of Babel.
Though no longer the star of The Office, Carell could return in a guest capacity in the future.