After losing Steve Carell in 2011, it was pretty much the beginning of the end for the long running sitcom, The Office. First, there was news that showrunner Paul Lieberstein (also known as HR rep Toby) and Rainn Wilson were bailing to make a Dwight Schrute spin-off, then Mindy Kaling announced a new project (conveniently titled The Mindy Project) on Fox. Now, it looks like the recently-renewed Office is starting to lose a few more familiar faces.
First up is writer/actor B.J. Novak, whose role as the douche office mainstay Ryan will be “greatly reduced” in the upcoming season of The Office. Novak will be taking a giant step back from the show, but is reportedly expected to make the occasional recurring appearance, and may (or may not) return now and again to write and/or direct an episode.
While losing Novak’s smarmy Ryan character won’t cripple the show, the loss of his character after the bailouts of Carell’s Michael Scott and Wilson’s Dwight Schrute may come close to crippling the already hobbled show. When you add to that fact the news primary actors Ed Helms and John Krasinski are taking a reduced role in the upcoming season, well… maybe it’s time this Office closes up shop for good.
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