Report: Steve Carell to Say 'Goodbye' to 'The Office' Before Season's End TVLine

Steve Carell, the star of NBC's comedy "The Office," will be leaving the show earlier than had been expected,reports TVLine

According to "Office" executive producer Greg Daniels, Carell will be leaving earlier than the show's season finale. "“The big ‘Goodbye, Steve’ thing will be before [May] sweeps," Daniels said. The story says that the final weeks of the season will portray the interviewing and jockeying going on for Michael Scott's job. "We’d rather play out the stories of the various characters who want that seat, and show them fight for it," Daniels said.

Kathy Bates will return to reprise her role of Joe Bennett, the CEO of Dunder-Mifflin's parent company, Sabre, who returns to help select Michael's successor, the article notes. adding that the finale is tentatively scheduled to run for an hour.