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Steve Carell hosted Saturday Night Live on November 17 and got so close to confirming a reboot for The Office. His monologue was completely dominated by Office talk, including cameos from four fellow stars. Ellie Kemper (Kelly Erin Hannon), Ed Helms (Andy Bernard), Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly), and Carell's wife Nancy (Carol Stills) took turns popping up in the audience during the monologue, all to (jokingly) cajole Carell into agreeing to an Office reboot/movie/revival. Check it out:
Classic. This is definitely giving us hope for a true return of The Office. As Ellie Kemper joked in the clip, "People would really love to see an Office reboot -- because I need that money. Let's get that money, Steve!" Ed Helms stayed on that theme, adding, "I just don't think you understand how much money we're talking about. You wouldn't have do those sad movies anymore." (Steve Carell said he liked doing those "sad movies," like his new film, Beautiful Boy.)
You had to know the Office talk was serious when they broke out the big gun -- Jenna Fischer. She had this classic exchange with Steve Carell, aka Pam's former Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott:
Jenna Fischer: Steve, do you remember the last words that Pam secretly whispered to Michael as she let for Denver?
Steve: Not really.
Jenna: OK, she said, "Steve, don't be a dick. Do the reboot."
Steve: I don't remember that at all.
Jenna: Well, I do! Don't you want to know what Pam and Jeff are up to these days?
Steve: It's Pam and Jim.
Jenna: Who cares? Why are you getting hung up in the details? Let's just do the damn thing!
That's what she said!
Steve Carell's wife Nancy and their two kids also joined the fun. And it seemed like the monologue was building up to a big reboot reveal, when The Office cast joined Carell on stage, and he said, "I am proud to announce officially... that we have a great show tonight!"
So we have no reboot news at this point, but Steve Carell had to know the monologue would revive interest. Then again, he has trolled fans before. Remember when he tweeted the "Breaking News" that The Office was returning to NBC, then mock corrected his "typo" to say Will & Grace was returning? Ugh.
Several Office stars have said they are up for a revival of some kind. John Krasinksi is now a thriving film director (go, Jim!) but he said he'd be up for a reunion movie or whatever.
Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) also chimed in on the idea, saying they all basically agreed that if the timing was right -- amid everyone's busy schedules -- they'd like to do something. But he, personally, was not interested in doing something like new Office episodes, like the Will & Grace revival. However, he said "if there was some fun little arc where we get to revisit our characters in a given time, that could be a lot of fun."
By the way -- since she brought it up during Steve Carell's SNL monologue -- Jenna Fischer recently revealed what Pam really said to Michael in that classic airport scene.
Stay tuned for any developments on an Office revival. Next up for SNL Season 44, Claire Foy will host the December 1 episode, with Anderson Paak as musical guest. Keep up with everything ahead on TV in our fall premiere schedule.