NBC’s ‘The Office’ has never really rebounded since Steve Carell’s exit, but the one thing the show had going for it was Dunder Mifflin’s new quirky and overly confident CEO, Robert California, played by the incredibly talented James Spader.
Although Spader had some big shoes to fill with Carell’s departure, he did a fabulous job of breathing new life into the show, which it desperately needed after becoming stale the past few seasons, but it looks like ‘The Office’ will be taking another big hit, because Spader has decided to leave the show.
Insiders tell Entertainment Weekly that it was Spader’s decision to leave the show, which isn’t really all that surprising since ‘The Office’s’ ratings have plummeted to 6.6 million viewers and a 3.4 adult demo rating – and that includes the fans that are DVRing the show.
Executive producer, Paul Lieberstein released a statement about Spader’s decision to leave ‘The Office’ and said that Spader’s character is one of the most ‘dynamic’ roles on television. He said;
“James came to The Office to play a role that was two scenes long in the season 7 finale. He instantly brought so much life and intrigue to the part that those two scenes became a season. James always wanted this to be a one year arc, and he now leaves us having created one of the most enigmatic and dynamic characters in television. He’s been a great friend to me and the show, helping us successfully transition into the post-Michael Scott years, and I’m grateful for that. I’m already looking for ways to work with him again.”
With Carell gone, Spader leaving and Rainn Wilson who plays Dwight apparently leaving for his own spinoff, it seems like it’s long overdue for ‘The Office’ to stop running the show into the ground and end on some sort of a high note before it’s too late.