Viewers of the NBC sitcom"The Office" have been emotionally preparing themselves for the eventual departure of often-lovable goofball Michael Scott from the paper-pushers at Dunder Mifflin. But now it seems that in a particularly emotionally cruel move, Steve Carell is actually leaving the show well before this season's finale, according to show-runner (and actor behind Toby's sulk Paul Lieberstein. He told Vulture:
"Steve will have a number of episodes that dramatize and lead up to Steve leaving. Then we'll continue on for about four more episodes, and the spring will prove to be not about an actor leaving, but what happens in an office when a manager leaves and the chaos ensues and people vie for the job and are uncertain about their future."

Funny! So all of you Scott's Tots will have 4 episodes to get used to a world without Michael Scott. As for his replacement, Lieberstein isn't spilling the beans yet, on who the replacement is or whether we'll even know before the end of this season or the beginning of the next. He does, however, say that both internal and external candidates for the managerial position will be considered (read: guest stars). Just try and remember that whoever it is will eventually become too good for the show and leave, so try not to get too attached.