Steve Carell Says Goodbye to The Office

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Goodbye, Michael Scott!

Steve Carell's last episode as a series regular on The Office aired Thursday night. For seven seasons, the 48-year-old actor has played Dunder Mifflin paper company's lovable but inept branch manager, Michael Scott.

During the extended, fifty-minute episode, Michael tells his employees the current workday is his second-to-last, even though he's boarding a plane to Colorado that night. As the loyal "Party Planning Committee" unknowingly plans a celebration Michael won't be around to attend, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) figures out that Michael is lying about his departure day because he can't bear to say goodbye.

In a heartfelt moment, Jim tearfully tells Michael: "You have been a great boss." Meanwhile, Michael's replacement Deangelo Vicker (Will Ferrell) comically unravels under the pressure of running the office by himself. (Ferrell, 43, is part of a four-episode arc to help the series move forward without Carell's character.)

In a bittersweet closing quote, Michael says: "The people you work with are just, when you get down to it, your very best friends. They say on your deathbed you never wish you spent more time at the office. But I will. Got to be better than a deathbed."