'The Office': Steve Carell explains why Michael won't be back

steve-carell-sundance-2013-gi.jpgIt was never all that likely that Steve Carell would make a return appearance on "The Office" before the show ended, but absent a definitive word from Carell or the show, speculation continued.

Carell has pretty well shut that down now, explaining that he doesn't think Michael Scott coming back to Scranton would make much sense.

"I just didn't think it was right for the character," Carell tells "Access Hollywood" at Sundance, where his movie "The Way, Way Back" premiered this week. "That character had an arc within the story, and kind of grew and sort of evolved past the idea of the documentary."

"Office" executive producer Greg Daniels said as much in a press conference last week, noting that "Steve is very much of the opinion that the 'Goodbye, Michael' episode and the story arc he did leading up to it was his goodbye to the show." Daniels added that he didn't have any plans to write Michael into the final episodes.

Carell would, however, like to stop by the show and see his former co-stars before the show wraps.

"I'm really good friends with everybody in the cast and with Greg Daniels, and I want to go back to say hi, certainly, before it all ends," he says. "But I just thought in terms of the character, it didn't really make sense."
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