Steve Carell took to theSaturday Night Livestage for his monologue over the weekend, but things were quickly derailed when he was “surprised” by his former co-stars trying to convince him to sign on for the long-awaited reboot of The Office.
The monologue was sidetracked when a supposed audience member asked about the possibility of reviving the beloved NBC sitcom. However, Carell quickly shut that idea down, saying that the show existed in its own time and wouldn’t be as good if they came back to it.
However, one of the next audience members to stand up and ask about the revival was Office alum Ellie Kemper — who went on to star in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — who unsuccessfully pleaded with Carell over how much money they could make.
“People would really love to see an Office reunion,” Kemper urged. “Especially me, because I need that money. Let’s get that money, Steve!”
After shutting her down, as politely as possible, Ed Helms stood from the other side of the audience.
“It’s so great to see you!” Helms said. “[But] I just don’t think you know how much money we’re talking about. Like, you wouldn’t have to do all those sad movies anymore.”
“Ed, why don’t we just have a party instead?” Carell asked. “We could all catch up, get together as friends, no cameras?”
“Oh, uh, we already do that,” Helms said, awkwardly. “We just don’t invite you.”
Next up was Jenna Fischer, who was equally insistent that Carell sign on for a reboot.
“Do you remember those last words that Pam secretly whispered to Michael before she left for Denver?” Fischer asked, smiling.
“I don’t really,” Carell admitted.
“She said, ‘Steve, don’t be a di*k! Do the reboot,'” Fischer yelled.
After a lot of additional cajoling from Carell’s wife, Nancy Carell, the actor finally agreed, and welcomed his former cast mates onto the stage to troll fans.
“I am proud to announce, officially, that we have a great show for you tonight!” Carell yelled, before introducing the episode’s musical guest and kicking things off, leaving our hopes for a Office revival as nebulous as ever!
Carell recently sat down for a lengthy interview with Esquire magazine, during which he admitted that he doesn’t think The Office would work in this day and age.
“The climate’s different,” Carell said. “I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now.”
Check out the video below to hear how some other former Office cast members feel about the possibility of bringing the show back.