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February 20th, 2012
06:17 PM ET

Steve Carell on playing Michael Scott: "It was the right time to leave the character"

This evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes actor and comedian Steve Carell for an engaging and entertaining interview. The star of such films as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love," the 49-year-old likely found his greatest fame playing Michael Scott in "The Office."

Tonight Carell tells Piers Morgan why he felt his character had to be more likable than the David Brent role portrayed by Ricky Gervais in the original BBC series of the same name:

"People are – I know it sounds like a cliche – but they are inviting them into your homes, every week. They are inviting these characters into their living rooms," explains Carell. "So they don't want complete jerks in their living rooms. I thought, in order to make it a little more palatable, you had to see a bit more of the human."

Joined by David Steinberg, his partner on an upcoming Showtime project, Carell goes on to detail what life is like after "The Office":

"It was strange. I miss my relationships. I just saw everyone at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, for the first time in a while, and it was great."

But asked if he misses the character of "Michael Scott," Carell reveals no second thoughts: "No. I felt like it was the right time to leave the character."

Tune in to "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9pm ET/PT as the actor and comedian divulges details of his relationship with Ricky Gervais, and explains why he could never host an awards show like his "The Office" counterpart.

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  1. Whybs

    It was priceless!!! when Steve Carrel acknowledged some another interviewer's skills at bringing out the best in guests, (skills which gossip and hate monger Piers 100% lacks), and Piers was totally deflated tried to make a joke of it, Carrel kept going and then Morgan just cut Carrel off cold. As the credits rolled you could see on Carrels face that he knew he had offended Morgan. Loved it!!! Best moment on this gossip mud-rakers show EVER.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Aika

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