In short, Gervais doesn’t care who the show hires — as long as it makes sense within the the show.
“There’s a lot of talk about who’s going to replace Steve Carell. You should never think like that,” Gervais told reporters Wednesday (Dec. 8) during a conference call about his Golden Globes hosting job. “Steve Carell is an actor. You should think about who’s replacing Michael Scott. You’ve got to suspend disbelief — it’s meant to be a fake documentary, and it’s all about the story. Even though we know what’s going on behind the scenes … it’s what’s good for the show that counts.”
Nonetheless, Gervais will be sorry to see Carell leave “The Office” — and not just because it will disrupt the pair’s occasional comedy routine of making fun of one another at awards shows.
“I always joke about him, I always tease him, but I hope people know I think [Carell] is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, genuinely,” Gervais says. “There’s no one like him. He’s untouched by Hollywood, untouched by his fame and cachet — he’s just a lovely family man who loves comedy and the work. He’s done an amazing job, above and beyond the call of duty.”
Carell will find out Tuesday (Dec. 14) if he’s a Golden Globe nominee for the sixth time. Gervais will serve as host of the awards on Jan. 16.