Steve Carell Won’t Budge On The Office Reunion For A Good Reason, As Upsetting As It Is
The show Saturday Night Live had a mini-reunion of The Office several weeks ago in their legendary studio when Steve Carell hosted. During his intro monologue, he fielded questions about a reboot for the series, and some of his fellow castmates joined him onstage. Many fans clamor for this sitcom to return, but that would not work at all.
The SNL reunion
Rainn Wilson and Angela Kinsey posted a picture of the cast on their social media with Greg Daniels, who adapted the show from the original British version created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Other people in the shot were Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Brian Baumgartner, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, and Oscar Nuñez.
Angela also added the caption: “Some of the old gang got together today... it was so great to see everyone! I turned to Ed and said, 'I feel like we are at a family reunion.' He smiled and said, 'We are.' Thanks Greg for hosting! For those who couldn't make it... you were missed!" This fueled the rumors that NBC might be working on a reboot.
However, during his appearance on the sketch comedy show on November 17, 2018, Steve Carell left no doubts that, if the reboot got a green light, he would not participate. “Um, no, actually, I don't think so. It was a great experience, I love all those people, but I just don't think it's the best idea. I think maybe we should just leave it alone. I don't think it would be as good this time around."
Then Kemper called out from the audience, “People would really love to see an Office reboot. Especially me, 'cause I really need that money. Let's get that money, Steve!" Then, Ed Helms appeared and said, “I just don't think you understand how much money we're talking about. Like, you wouldn't have to do all those sad movies anymore."
He was, of course, referencing Carell’s recent heartbreaking films Beautiful Boy and Welcome to Marwen. The actor answered Helms with, “I don't do those movies for money. I like doing them. … Why don't we just have a party instead? We can all catch up, get together, no cameras, just friends.” To which Helms added, “Oh, we already do that. We just don't invite you."
Why wouldn’t a reboot work?
Ever since the show became popular on Netflix, rumors have been floating around about a possible reboot. Studios are currently reviving some of their old hits like Will & Grace, Roseanne, and Murphy Brown after years since their final episode. They have also seen great success, attracting both new and old audiences.
Steve Carell was invited to SNL to promote his “sad movies”, and of course, since The Office was also an NBC original, the subject came up. However, the cast and he treated it as a joke, but the actor was adamant that it would not do well if rebooted, and there are many reasons why we think he is right, and SNL was not the first time he affirmed this.
During an interview with Collider, the actor was asked about a reboot, and if he could see himself back in the role. Carell obviously said no, and went on to explain why, and it is not only because he does not want to: “I feel like I’m a broken record, talking about this because I get asked about it. The show is way more popular now than when it was on the air.”
“I just can’t see it being the same thing, and I think most folks would want it to be the same thing, but it wouldn’t be. Ultimately, I think it’s maybe best to leave well enough alone and just let it exist as what it was. You’d literally have to have all of the same writers, the same producers, the same directors, and the same actors, and even with all of those components, it just wouldn’t be the same.”
Back when the show was still on the air, it was clear that Carell was done because he left after season seven, and no one was sure if he would return for the series finale, which aired in 2013. The actor has always been honest with his intentions, and since the ending was not that long ago, even the showrunners are busy working on other things.
John Krasinski is currently a rising star in the movie business, both as an actor and director, and he is also the lead in Amazon’s Jack Ryan show. Meanwhile, Jenna Fischer stars in Splitting Up Together, but the most important person, Michael Shur, writer and producer, is currently busy with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place.
Just as Carell implies, it would be very hard to get all these people to drop their current jobs for a reboot show like The Office. The series was successful mostly thanks to Steve, as was evidenced by the final seasons' lower ratings after he left. Most of the cast would have to be on board to even start exploring the idea of making it once again.
The show lasted two more seasons after Carell’s departure, and while it could potentially come back if most of the cast signed on, it would not be the same. Times have changed considerably. What was funny five years ago might not be taken so well right now. Comedy has had to adapt incredibly, and jokes might be viewed as offensive instead of humorous.
Many fans did not enjoy the final seasons, so if Steve is out, then the reboot would be suicide for the studio and the actors signing on. It could get a green light, but the chances of it succeeding like the first run would not be the same. Even the reboot of Roseanne went through a scandal, and they had to cancel it, creating a spin-off called The Conners.
What do you think of a potential reboot of The Office? Could it work in today’s world? Five years have passed since the final episode, but things are not the same, and without Steve Carell, we do not see the point. We would like to know your opinion, so leave a comment below and share this article with all those who loved this sitcom back then.