"The Office" Closing Up Shop After Ninth Season

Posted Tuesday August 21, 2012 4:20 PM GMT

It’s had a good run, but hasn’t been the same without Steve Carell's Michael Scott and on Tuesday (August 21), executive producer Greg Daniels confirmed that “The Office” will end after its upcoming ninth season.

In a press conference, Daniels said, “This will be the last season of ‘The Office,’ and we’re planning a big, exciting last season,” adding that, among other surprises, viewers will finally get a glimpse of the people behind the “documentary” that’s been the series’ premise.

He continued to state, “This year feels like the last chance to really go out together and make an artistic ending for the show that pays off a lot of the stuff that matters most to fans.”

The decision was partly driven by the sense that many of the actors would likely not be around for a 10thseason (either due to commitments on other projects, like Mindy Kaling and Rainn Wilson, or due to the rising cost of the show’s key players, like John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer).

“You have a choice — only tell the beginning of story and the middle, or allow a story to end,” Daniels said. “If we didn’t let it end this year, I don’t think we would have been able to tell the ending stories of so many characters… we couldn’t count on getting everybody back for season 10.”

The Office returns at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, on NBC.

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