It’s been over five years since The Office closed up shop and released its final episode. Although it very well be the most re-watchable show in history, the people are thirsting for a fresh take on the iconic characters. John Krasinski is on board with a reunion, but Steve Carell is bullish on letting sleeping dogs lie.
Carell recently declared that his reason for wanting to put the kibosh on a re-boot is that he “loves it too much to ever want to do it again.”
In an interview with Esquire, Carell peeled back the onion on the less-PC reason he has no interest in re-vamping the show that worked as an occasional producer, writer and director and earned him six Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
“I think because of [The Office being on Netflix] there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted ten years ago. The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today — which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work.”
So I guess the only ones we have to blame are ourselves for being Charmin soft, coddled PC snowflakes. Goddamnit, nothing good can last.
Imagine how the Diversity Day episode (season 1, episode 2) would go over today. Even for someone who is not easily offended, I found myself crawling out of my own skin.