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Why Everybody Ended Up Mendacity About Steve Carell’s Return To ‘The Workplace’


“The Workplace” finale wouldn’t have been full with out the shock cameo from Steve Carell, who performed “World’s Finest Boss” Michael Scott on the hit NBC sequence. 

However to tug off the emotional look, “Workplace” showrunner and author Greg Daniels needed to mislead everybody ― together with the solid, crew and “most importantly” ― the community itself. 

Daniels informed Baumgartner, who performed Kevin Malone within the sequence, in regards to the lengths he went to cover Carell’s return. 

“I made the road producer lie,” Daniels revealed on Baumgartner’s Spotify podcast, An Oral Historical past of The Workplace. “I stated to him, I’ll deal with you. In the event you get fired due to this, I’ll deal with you. You understand, he was very nervous about mendacity to NBC.’”  

Baumgartner stated the rationale Daniels lied and solely informed a choose chosen few was “as a result of they didn’t belief the community to maintain the key.” 

“We didn’t need [the network] to promo it. And it will have … (Carell) would have been within the promo,” editor Claire Scalon added. 



Michael Scott (Carell) surprises his buddy Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) on “The Workplace” finale.

Dave Rogers, one other editor trusted to maintain Carell’s look a secret, stated that he needed to ease Daniel’s guilt about mendacity to so many individuals. 

“I stated, Greg, I stated, hear ― in immediately’s day and age, every thing will get spoiled. And it’s like a shock social gathering. If somebody asks, like, are you throwing me a shock social gathering? And also you say no,” he stated. “After which two hours later, ‘Shock!’ That’s what that is.”

“He felt higher about that,” Rogers added. “I used to be like, I do know it’s arduous, however that’s what it’s. Now we have to maintain it a secret.” 

And what a very good shock ― and guten pranken ―  it was. However initially, Carell was hesitant to even return for the cameo within the 2013 episode. 

“I had informed Greg, I simply don’t suppose it’s a good suggestion as a result of I felt like Michael’s story had positively ended,” Carell stated, as his character’s storyline wrapped in 2011. 



“The Workplace” gang collectively once more. 

“I used to be reticent about coming again since you guys had two extra, actually beneficial seasons and that was everybody else’s ending. Michael had already had his [ending],” the actor stated. “However on the similar time, I felt like I ought to out of respect for all of you guys and out of my love for everyone to acknowledge the ending of this factor.” 

Daniels echoed that Carell “was actually anxious that it not be all about him” along with his look, however “actually appreciated the concept of coming again for Dwight’s marriage ceremony.” 

“He thought [Michael] discovered one thing, so he didn’t want self-promotion,” when he got here again, Daniels stated. “At this level, he didn’t want to come back again to be on the documentary. He got here again for his buddy Dwight.”

That meant that finally, the solid and crew joined in protecting Carell’s look beneath wraps.



“I really feel like all my children grew up after which they married one another. It is each father or mother’s dream!” — Michael Scott. 

Subsequent week, Spotify will launch the finale of Baumgartner’s hit, 12-episode podcast sequence, with particular visitor (and “Workplace” superfan) Billie Eilish. 

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