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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!

Judd Apatow Reveals Why Steve Carell Yells Out Kelly Clarkson's Name in '40-Year-Old Virgin'

Judd Apatow wears a mask over his beard while stepping out for lunch with wife Leslie Mann in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon (June 17).

The -year-old filmmaker and Leslie enjoyed dining out at a local eatery before waiting for their car at valet to head back home for the night.

Earlier in the day, Judd appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show remotely, where he answered one of the biggest questions in cinema – why Steve Carell yells out the singer’s name in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

“I’m going to blame Seth Rogen,” he said, before revealing that he and the crew actually had a list of curses that Steve could shout during the scene. Kelly‘s name was a “clean” word.

Kelly laughed about the list they had: “I love that I made it between ‘burger panties’ and ‘throbbing monkey-tail’. It doesn’t matter what I do in my life, no one remembers me for anything other than that.”

Watch the full episode below!

If you missed it, Kelly recently opened up her divorce from Brandon Blackstock.

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'Space Force' Trailer Promises a Hilarious New Netflix Comedy - Watch Now!

The Space Force trailer is finally here, from Steve Carell and Greg Daniels of The Office fame!

Here’s a synopsis of the show: A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and “Spacemen” are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance.

John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy O. Yang, Noah Emmerich, Alex Sparrow, Don Lake, and more star. The show will debut on Netflix on May 29!

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John Krasinski & 'The Office' Co-Stars Recreate Show's Wedding Dance for Newlywed Fans - Watch!

John Krasinski gave two fans one of the best wedding surprises ever!

On the latest episode of his YouTube series Some Good News, John and reunited with his The Office co-stars to surprise a newly married couple, who held their wedding virtually with John serving the officiant.

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stars making an appearance during the show included Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Brian Baumgartner, Ed Helms, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, and Creed Bratton.

The group then recreated the epic dance scene from Jim (Krasinski) and Pam’s (Fischer) wedding, where they danced to “Forever” by Chris Brown from their homes.

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John Krasinski & Steve Carell Reunite to Celebrate 'The Office' 15-Year Anniversary!

John Krasinski is celebrating the launch of his new web series with an old friend!

The 40-year-old actor launched his YouTube series Some Good News and his first guest was none other than Steve Carell!

“So Steve, this week marked a huge anniversary for you and I. We were on a little show called The Office and it turned 15 years old this week,” John said as he chatted with the 57-year-old actor via video chat.

During their conversation, John and Steve looked back at their hit show where they talked about their favorite episodes and some of their favorite memories from set.

“Some of the most fun memories, personally or professionally, are intertwined and connected with that show,” Steve said.

“Without a doubt. Listen I know everyone’s talking about a reunion, hopefully one day, we just get to reunite as people. And just all get to say hi,” John said, referring to social distancing guidelines during the current global crisis.

“Just to see your face is so great. I miss you a ton man,” Steve told John, who later joked: “I really think you’re going to make something of yourself.”

READ MORE: The Real Reason Why Steve Carell Left ‘The Office’ Is Shocking!

The Real Reason Why Steve Carell Left 'The Office' Is Shocking!

The new book “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s” reportedly reveals the real reason why Steve Carell decided to leave The Office before the show’s run officially ended.

Boom operator/sound mixer Brian Wittle was interviewed in the book, and he revealed the following tidbit: “I sat with [Carell] one time and he told me the story. He was doing a radio interview and he haphazardly mentioned, almost unconsciously, that it might be his last season. He didn’t plan on saying it out loud and he hadn’t decided anything. Then what he said was the people connected to the show had no reaction to it. They didn’t call and say, ‘What? You wanna leave?’ He said he didn’t get any kind of response from them… When the news broke that he was considering it, the people that are in charge of keeping him there didn’t make a big effort to do so until afterward.”

Hairstylist Kim Ferry also told the same story, saying, “The deadline came for when they were supposed to give him an offer and it passed and they didn’t make him an offer.”

Casting director, Allison Jones, also corroborated this story, adding, “As I recall, he was going to do another season and then NBC, for whatever reason, wouldn’t make a deal with him… Somebody didn’t pay him enough. It was absolutely asinine. I don’t know what else to say about that. Just asinine.”

Steve left his iconic character, Michael Scott, in season 7. One of The Office‘s biggest mysteries was recently revealed in the past few weeks!

Steve Carell Explains His Distant Association With Cardi B & Billie Eilish - Watch!

Steve Carell is explaining his connection with Cardi B and Billie Eilish!

The 57-year-old The Office alum made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (November 7).

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During his appearance, Steve congratulated Ellen for being honored with the second Carol Burnett Award, and spoke about how it was a highlight of his life to present the first award to its namesake, Carol Burnett, at the Golden Globe Awards last year.

He also explained how he embarrasses his kids before school, and Billie incorporating dialogue from The Office into one of her songs, as well as thoughts on a reboot of the sitcom, as well as his Super Bowl ad with Cardi.

Later, he talked about his Apple+ series The Morning Show , and he played a hilarious round of “Burning Questions.”

Watch Steve Carell‘s appearance inside…

Steve Carell’s Distant Association with Cardi B and Billie Eilish

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