Greg Daniels, the executive producer of “The Office” who wrote tonight’s farewell episode for Steve Carell’s character Michael Scott, talked about how Carell’s departure will affect the show in an in-depth interview, Entertainment Weekly reported.
“Obviously it’s going to be difficult because he’s pretty irreplaceable,” Daniels told the publication. “But I think people are optimistic. This is kind of the situation we were in when we started, because a lot of people were like, ‘How could you possibly do the show without Ricky Gervais?’”
Daniels credits Carell with helping to build the strength of the rest of the cast. “One of the reasons I think we can go on is that he really made it an ensemble,” Daniels said. “He always encouraged the other members of the cast to have more lines and be in scenes. He was very generous as a performer. Whenever we were on stage for anything, he always stood in the back.”
Daniels joked about how the episode might end. “The decision to have him be strangled by the Scranton Strangler is probably going to be unpopular,” he said.