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