By Roxy Simons For Mailonline
Published: 11:07 GMT, 26 March 2020 | Updated: 11:07 GMT, 26 March 2020
He made a shock exit from The Office following its seventh season.
And Steve Carell's unexpected departure from the show appears to have finally been explained, as new book The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s seemed to reveal the reason on Wednesday.
The show's boom operator and sound mixer Brian Wittle, who was interviewed in the book, claimed the actor, 57, left the role because showrunners didn't react when he 'haphazardly mentioned' the seventh season could have been his last.
Hard decision: Steve Carell made his shock exit from The Office because showrunners 'didn't call' after he accidentally suggested he depart in an interview, it was revealed on Wednesday
Brian explained: '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