Steve Carell on 'Ellen': 'Colin Powell, I think is going to be the next Michael Scott'

steve-carell-ellen-degeneres-show.jpg"The Office" star Steve Carell is on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Tuesday, Dec 14 and naturally the hot topic is him leaving "The Office" and who will replace Michael Scott as the manager of the Scranton branch.

Ellen: Let's talk about "The Office." How many do you have left now?
Steve: We shot like 15 and I have seven more to do.
Ellen: Wow. Are you getting sad now?
Steve: Yeah, it's a little sad. It's sort of bittersweet because a lot of these people are my best friends. I feel like it's time for me to move on but it's sad. I'm going to miss everybody a lot.
Ellen: I'm sure you will. And it's a huge deal. You announce you're leaving and everyone's talking about who's going to replace you. Literally, it's just a gigantic thing. Like who's going to replace you?
Steve: It is. It's pretty big news. It's pretty exciting. [laughing] I was actually surprised that it got as much press as it did because it's a guy leaving a TV show.
Ellen: But it's you leaving a TV show. You're so great as that character. Everybody's wondering who can replace you.
Steve: Oh, thanks. I honestly don't know what they're going to do. There are various ideas. It's funny. The producers have, time to time, thrown names out there to screw people up.
Ellen: Oh, really?
Steve: Yeah. They'll just put anybody. They'll just start naming [people]. Colin Powell, I think is going to be the next Michael Scott. And people jump on it and don't see the irony at all.
Ellen: Maybe they're testing it to see what people are going to respond to the most. If there's a name that people really kind of hold on to.
Steve: Yeah, that's true.
Ellen: Don't you have an idea? Do you have somebody or like a few people that you think would be great to replace you?
Steve: You know what. I'm leaving that to the producers. I think it would be in their best interest just to sort of go in a different direction and not try to do the same type of character.
Ellen: I agree.

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