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Steve Carell Says ‘The Office’ Reboot Shouldn’t Happen Because Michael Scott’s Humor Would Not Be Accepted Now

The Office‘ was one of the greatest television shows ever made. I’m a nerd, and I make a list of my all time favorite tv shows every year, and The Office is always number one or two on the list. It has everything you could possibly want out of a show: humor, love, imperfect characters who grow over time, and perhaps the greatest character ever…Michael Scott.

Scott was played beautifully by Steve Carell. It’s the role that made him a star, but that doesn’t mean he’d be down for a reboot.

There has been a lot of talk lately about a possible reboot of the show, and that’s mainly because the entire series is being streamed on Netflix now. People who might have been too young to appreciate it before are now getting the chance to fall in love with it.

And of course, they want to see more of it. NBC has made it clear they’re interested in bringing the show back. Even a few cast members seem to be up for it.

But Carell, the star of the series, doesn’t believe it’s a good idea. During a recent interview with Esquire, he explained that Michael Scott’s humor might not work in today’s environment…

“But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago. The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior.

I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work.”

Well said, Steve. Also, I don’t understand the obsession with remakes/reboots. Just because something was great doesn’t mean it should live on forever. It’s like, we’re sure high school was great for a lot of you, but if you went back 15 years later and tried to recreate those memories, you’d look like a damn fool.

Make new memories. Make new sh*t.


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