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

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“It’s not obvious to me we should stop,” he said. “When Michael Jordan left the Bulls, nobody said the Bulls should stop. They didn’t say, ‘Shut down the franchise.’”

Bromstad said the comedy still garners attention and “has a great patina” and talented cast that includes Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms and John Krasinski.

A regular Emmy nominee for best comedy series and winner of the award in 2006, “The Office” is holding steady in the ratings. It drew more 700,000 more viewers last season than it did two years ago, rare for a veteran show.


NBC is owned by General Electric Co.



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