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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.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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