Steve Carell Thinks a Reboot of ‘The Office’ “Might Be Impossible”

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If you had hopes of a reboot of The Office with Steve Carell returning as Michael Scott, we have some bad news to break to you. It looks like Carell feels that a reboot of the series just couldn’t happen in today’s society, and we can’t say that we’d disagree.

In a recent interview with Esquire, Carell opened up about the possibility of a series reboot. Despite going off the air in 2013, The Office remains incredibly popular thanks to the help of Netflix’s streaming service. The series is being streamed by fans who watched the original run on television and by new fans who are just discovering the show for the first time. Even with it’s continuing popularity, Carell is hesitant of a reboot. He said:

“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently, and I think because of that 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.”

Carell has a point. The “that’s what she said” joke alone would not go over as well today as it did back when the show first originally aired. He continued:

“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.”

Do you agree with Steve Carell? What are your thoughts about a reboot of The Office? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.