If you've secretly been hoping that the five years The Officehas been off the air is just a really long hiatus before a revival, brace yourself for some bad news.
According to E! News,Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott, recently sat for an interview with Esquire,during which he talked about the potential for a reboot of the hit series. Unfortunately for die-hard fans of The Office, Carell doesn't think it'd be possible. The actor said:
"Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently...I think because of that there's been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. 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."
"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."
Carell makes some really good points. The nation is very defensive and on edge about almost everything when it comes to societal and political issues, and although it's not a bad thing for people to voice their opinions and views, the overall humor of The Officeif remade made today would definitely not sit will with a lot of viewers.
In a previous interview with Time, Carell said of the series, "There was something so special about it, and I guess it's an odd way to put it, but I love it too much to ever want to do it again. It's too special to me in my heart in that period of time."
Earlier this year, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said an Office revival is very possible, even without the full cast. However, no further details have been announced since. Looks like we'll just have to stick to re-watching episodes on Netflix for now!