Home Celebrity Will Ricky Gervais Make Will Arnett Head of “The Office”?

In January I told you two things that Ricky Gervais told me after he came off the stage at the Golden Globes: that his January 27th appearance on “The Office” would signal who the new boss might be, succeeding Michael Scott (Steve Carell). And that he, Gervais, really wanted Will Arnett to be the new office manager of Dunder Mifflin.

Now, hmmm, EW and other outlets are reporting that both Gervais and Arnett will be on the season finale of “The Office” on May 19th. Gervais will likely reprise his January 17th role of the man Michael Scott met at the elevators who was looking for a job. Arnett? Maybe it’s just a red herring. But he’d be perfect as the new chief.

Gervais owns “The Office”with producing partner Stephen Merchant. Three weeks ago, Merchant was seen at “The Office” offices and at the studio. So whatever the deal for the next season of “The Office” it definitely has something to do with one of these two guys. And either or both of them would be welcome.

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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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