Well folks, it seems that just as easily as The Office star Steve Carell could make his on-screen Dunder Mifflin co-workers laugh, he could also make them cry, namely while filming the series' highly emotional “Goodbye, Michael” episode. In honor of the installment's ten year anniversary this past Wednesday, series regulars Oscar Nunez, the actor behind the paper company's beloved accountant, Oscar Martinez, Kate Flannery, who played Meredith Palmer, and showrunner, Greg Daniels have opened up about what it was like to bid Carell's iconic character adieu roughly two years before the show's finale in 2013.
"It was like, 'Wow, the show's over, and now we're going to do another show without Steve,'" Nunez told Yahoo Entertainment of the emotional affair. “Someone's going to come in and be the boss. The Office was over: Steve left, and now it's another show. It was fun, meeting those people was great, but when Steve left, it was very sad,” he continued. "People were crying all over the place. "It was very emotional."
Saying goodbye to Carell apparently took such a strong emotional toll on the actors that Daniels had to step in, reminding the cast that they were in fact working on a comedy show. "The hardest part was just saying to the actors, 'This is a comedy show, you can't cry in every scene with Steve! Try to care a little bit less.'"
Yet unlike his sitcom character, Carell did in fact attend his own farewell party, bestowing his castmates with a gift way beyond his on-screen counterpart's pay grade – Rolexes. "When Steve left The Office, he gave everybody a Rolex watch," Flannery remembered, showing off her Office ice. "I still wear it. It reminds of me that amazing experience."
So folks, remember if you ever find yourself in a situation where you, much like Carell's character, know exactly what to do but in a much more real sense, have no idea what to do when it comes to saying goodbye, buy everyone you work with a fancy watch – take it from the star himself.