If you've secretly been hoping that the five years The Office has been off the air is just a really long hiatus before a revival, brace yourself for some bad news.
Steve Carell, who played Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott, recently sat for an interview with Esquire, during which he talked about the potential for a reboot of the hit series. Unfortunately for die-hard fans of The Office, Carell doesn't think it'd be possible. When asked about the possibility of the beloved series making a comeback, the actor explained:
“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently. And I think because of that there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago. The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work."
It's not the first time Carell has spoken out about his feelings on revisiting the show. In a recent interview with TIME, Carell explained that, "There was something so special about [The Office], and I guess it's an odd way to put it, but I love it too much to ever want to do it again. It's too special to me in my heart in that period of time."
Earlier this year, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said a revival of The Office is very possible, even without the full cast. However, no further details have been announced since. Looks like we'll just have to stick to re-watching episodes on Netflix for now.