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Here's Who Almost Played Michael Scott on 'The Office' & Why He Lost the Part to Steve Carell

Steve Carell played the iconic Michael Scott on The Office and now, fans are being clued in on who almost won the role: Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk!

“We were circling Bob Odenkirk. He was available. He had a great reputation in the comedy world, and he hadn’t yet become famous. He wasn’t really well known,” one of the producers said in the book “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s.”

The producer added that “he had an edge to him. His take was as funny as Steve’s, but it was darker…He was a little tougher and meaner.”

So why did the producers go with Steve and not Bob? Apparently, Steve read as more of a “jerk and a douche,” while Bob’s take was more “asshole.”

“The worst thing I have ever had to do ever,” casting agent Allison Jones recalled, “is to tell Bob Odenkirk’s agent that he didn’t get The Office … Believe me, it was a bummer to make that call and I do suspect the show would have worked with Bob Odenkirk.”

Find out the real reason why Steve Carell actually left The Office!

Bob Odenkirk Says Son Nathan Experienced Coronavirus Symptoms 'Worse Than the Flu'

Bob Odenkirk is opening up about his son’s battle with coronavirus.

During an interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the 57-year-old Better Call Saul actor revealed his son Nathan, 21, has luckily recovered from the virus, but suffered some serious symptoms.

“In the end, it was pretty bad and it was worse than the flu,” Bob said of his son’s case. “According to him, the pain in his throat was the worst thing of all, but I think also the fatigue. And it lasted longer than the flu.”

Bob also mentioned that Nathan has suffered from asthma “for a good chunk of his life.”

Bob said that he’s grateful Nathan made it out “pretty easily” as compared to many other sever cases. However, he did say his son’s illness “got scarier the longer it went.”

“The further we got from it, I became aware that we got very lucky,” Bob added.

Bob Odenkirk Says 'Better Call Saul' Final Seasons Will Give Look Into What Happens After 'Breaking Bad'!

Bob Odenkirk paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night (February 26) and dished about going into the final seasons of his hit show, Better Call Saul!

“We know but not really. They always want to throw a curve at ya,” the 57-year-old actor told Jimmy about the final seasons not being so expected. “We already shot one scene that took place during the time period of Breaking Bad, it was in season four of Better Call Saul, episode five. We will get there and we’re very close.”

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Bob Odenkirk

Better Call Saul was recently renewed for a sixth season and AMC announced it would be the last one. The final season will premiere in 2021 and will feature 13 episodes. The fifth season is airing now.

“In fact, on this season of Better Call Saul, which just started, will see Dean Norris and Steven Michael Quezada,” Bob confirmed. “Old chums from Breaking Bad are coming back, more people coming back into the world. Then, I think they’re going to tell the story of what happens after the Breaking Bad sequence.”

Bob Odenkirk also talked about getting an honorary degree from Southern Illinois University, leaving high school after his junior year, bouncing around colleges, doing a college radio sketch show, and taking his son and friends to play Roulette in Vegas.

Click inside to watch more of Bob Odenkirk’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live…More Here! »

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Leslie Mann & Megan Mullally Go Holographic at Vanity Fair Oscar Party with Hubbies!

Leslie Mann is radiant in a holographic dress while posing alongside her hubby Judd Apatow at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday night (February 9) at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 47-year-old actress and Judd, 52, were joined at the event by Megan Mullally and her husband Nick Offerman, as well as Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn, plus Derek Blasberg and Ronan Farrow.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Leslie Mann

Before attending the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Judd shared a hilarious picture of himself in a hoodie with his adorable pet cat in his pouch: “All dressed for the Oscars,” Judd captioned with the photo.

FYI: Leslie Mann is wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown with State Property jewelry. Megan is wearing a Buccellati bracelet.

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Bob Odenkirk & His 'Better Call Saul' Co-Star Giancarlo Esposito Present at Spirit Awards 2020

Bob Odenkirk and Giancarlo Esposito share a laugh on stage at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon (February 8) at the pier in Santa Monica, Calif.

The Better Call Saul co-stars took to the stage to present an award together.

Other stars at the event included fellow Better Call Saul star Rhea Seehorn, comedian Jim Gaffigan, the Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa, and Big Mouth star/creator Nick Kroll.

Check out the full list of winners at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards here!

FYI: Jim is wearing Wolf & Shepherd shoes.

15+ pictures inside of the stars at the awards show…More Here! »

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Bob Odenkirk & Rhea Seehorn Join Co-Stars at 'Better Call Saul' Season 5 Premiere

Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk step out for the season five premiere of Better Call Saul at ArcLight Cinemas on Wednesday night (February 5) in Hollywood.

The two actors were joined by co-stars Kerry Condon, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael Mando, Tony Dalton, Patrick Fabian and Max Arciniega.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rhea Seehorn

This is Us star Chris Sullivan also stepped out to support the show and cast at the event.

Better Call Saul, which was just renewed for a sixth and final season, will premiere on February 23 on FX.

FYI: Rhea wore a Romona Keveža dress.

25+ pictures inside of Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn and the Better Call Saul cast…

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'Better Call Saul' Renewed for Sixth & Final Season on AMC

Better Call Saul has been renewed for a sixth season and AMC has announced that this one will be its last one.

The cast appeared at the network’s panel during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday (January 16) to share the news.

“From day one of Better Call Saul my dream was to tell the complete story of our complicated and compromised hero, Jimmy McGill – now AMC and Sony are making that dream come true,” showrunner Peter Gould said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more grateful to the fans and critics who are making this journey possible. Next month we start work on the sixth and final season — we’re going to do our damnedest to stick the landing.”

The final season will premiere in 2021 and will feature 13 episodes. The fifth season will air this year.

Pictured inside: Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, showrunner Peter Gould, Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Rhea Seehorn, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, and Patrick Fabian attending the TCA panel on Thursday (January 16) in Pasadena, Calif.

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