Home Celebrity Exclusive: Ricky Gervais: “Will Arnett Perfect for The Office”

Readers of this column will recall that two and a half weeks ago, at the HBO Golden Globes after party, Ricky Gervais had an exclusive interview here. He told me that he thought Will Arnett would be perfect to take Steve  Carell’s place on “The Office” running Dunder Mifflin. Ricky also told me he’d be on “The Office” on January 27th (which he was) and that that episode would give a big clue about Carell’s successor. If only someone somewhere had checked this out via a Google search. Gervais wrte this on his blog yesterday which caused a webjam as several sites picked this up as if it were news. It was not. but it was back on Monday January 17th when I wrote it.

Arnett would fit right into NBC’s line up since he’s married to “Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler. But I do think that Gervais is probably coming to “The Office” at least for a little while.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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