Archana Ram
July 27, 2010 AT 07:53 PM EDT

Steve Carell recently spoke about wanting to leave The Office to better balance his work-family schedule and, yesterday, NBC confirmed that the actor will be leaving his post as awkward and annoying boss Michael Scott when his contract expires after the seventh season. No word yet on who, if anyone, will replace Carell, who has also built a successful movie career including films like the recent hit Despicable Me, but NBC plans to keep the series in its Thursday 9 p.m. time slot. Carell’s exit comes on the heels of Alec Baldwin’s recent statements about potentially leaving NBC’s other Thursday night series, 30 Rock.

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