Steve Carell Reveals the Advice He Gave The Office Spinoff’s New Star

Steve Carell knows a thing or two about running an office. Or The Office, we should say.

The man formerly known as Michael Scott revealed that actor Domhnall Gleeson, who is set to star in the upcoming spinoff of The Office, reached out to Carell before he said yes to the role. (The two recently starred together in the FX limited series The Patient.)

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“He’s an excellent actor,” Carell told host Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show. “And he actually called me and asked, you know, ‘Should I do this? Is this something… Did you enjoy it?’ I said, ‘Of course.'”

The new Office spinoff will be “set in the same universe” as the hit comedy that starred Carell and ran for nine seasons on NBC, with the documentary crew that followed the Scranton branch of paper company Dunder Mifflin now turning to a daily Midwestern newspaper on the brink of collapse. Gleeson will be joined in the cast by The White Lotus standout Sabrina Impacciatore, with original executive producer Greg Daniels serving as co-creator along with Michael Koman (Nathan For You). It received a series order from Peacock in May.

Carell won’t be returning to reprise his role, though, telling The Hollywood Reporter last month that “I will be watching, but I will not be showing up… It’s just a new thing, and there’s really no reason for my character to show up in something like that.”

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