Steve Carell says he's leaving The Office' at end of next season

Adios Michael Scott? Could it be true?

Steve Carell, who recently told BBC Radio that he’s leaving “The Office” after next season, confirmed the “decision” to E! News on Sunday night while he made the red carpet rounds at the premiere of “Despicable Me.”

“I just think it’s time,” the star of the NBC hit told E! Online. “I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.”

Of course, this could totally be a bargaining ploy. (Charlie Sheen, anyone?)

Carell thinks “The Office” can go on without him.

“It doesn’t certainly mean the end of the show,” he said. “I think it’s just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and some new energy … I see it as a positive in general for the show.”

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