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Everything You Need To Know About Why Did Will Ferrell Leave “The Office”

why did will ferrell leave the office
Will Ferrell

Television shows get us hinged on them in such a way that it seems as if we are part of the show and their family. In such a situation, if an actor is playing a certain character leaves, it affects us, and it seems as if we have lost someone we have known for a long. In such a scenario, we try to find the reasons why the actor/actress left. Such an exit that left the viewers of the show heartbroken was the exit of Will Ferrell from “The Office.” However, before we dive right into the details of the exits, let us get to know more about Will Ferrell and The Office.

All About Will Ferrell

John Will Ferrell, also known just as Will Ferrell, was born on the 16th of July in the year 1967. Will Ferrell is an American comedian, writer, and producer, along with being an excellent actor. His first big break was his role as a cast member in the mid-1990s sketch comedy NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where he worked from 1995 to 2002. He then went on to work in films such as “Elf,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Kicking and Screaming” along with many such excellent movies.

why did will ferrell leave the office

Will Ferrell (credits: IMDb)

Will Ferrell was born in Irvine in the state of California to Betty Kay and Roy Lee Ferrell Junior, both native to Roanoke Rapids in the state of North Carolina. Will Ferrell has Irish, German and English ancestry. Will Ferrell suffered from pyloric stenosis, a condition where the opening between the stomach and small intestine narrows, which was later cured by pyloromyotomy. Will Ferrell also has a brother by the name of Patrick.

Will Ferrell married Swedish actress Viveca Paulin in the year 2000. He met Viveca in an acting class in the year 1995. They live in New York along with living in Orange County, California, and have three sons together, one born in 2004, one born in 2006, and the last one in the year 2010.

why did will ferrell leave the office

Will Ferrell and his wife

Will Ferrell, along with being an actor, also has careers in voice acting, podcasting, and production. Along with this, Will Farrell also had a career in theater, with his Broadway debut in 2009 being a one-man show on departing president George W. Bush and was called “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush”. The show was played in Cort Theatre and was run till the 15th of March, 2009.

Will Ferrell has his own podcast and podcasting network. Will first launched his podcast in February of 2019, ” The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” which was released in collaboration with iHeart radio podcast network, an American podcast network owned by iHeart media, and was launched in 2008. As of 2022, Will Ferrell’s podcast was renewed for a fifth live season. In October 2019, Will Ferrell launched his own podcast, the name Big Money Players Network, in collaboration with iHeart radio. The partnership included ten scripted and non-scripted podcasts to be released over the course of two years.

why did will ferrell leave the office

Will Ferrell and his family

Will Ferrell, in 2007, along with Adam Mckay, launched the video streaming platform “Funny or Die,” where short comedy films were released and voted upon by users. Along with this, Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay also produced an HBO show starring Danny McBride and was called Eastbound and Down. Finally, Will was also an executive producer of “The Chris Gethard Show.” Will Ferrell has appeared in many animated television shows and movies, such as voicing the character of Bob Oblong in the animated television series “The Oblongs,” along with appearing as a guest voice actor in “The Family Guy.”

All There Is To Know About The Office

Sitcoms have always been a fan-favorite genre for television shows, and some of the greatest shows in television history are of this genre. One such iconic American sitcom is “The Office.” To be specific, The Office is a mockumentary sitcom, a genre in a sitcom where fictional events are shown in the form of a documentary. The Office shows the daily struggles and lives of the employees of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company situated in Scranton, in the state of Pennsylvania.

why did will ferrell leave the office

The crew of The Office

The first aired in 2005 on 24th March and continued till 16th May, in the year 2003. Hence the show aired for nine seasons on NBC. The show was based on a UK sitcom by the same name, which aired from 2001 to 2003 on BBC. Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for shows such as The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live, adapted the show for the American audience.

As mentioned earlier, the Office is a mockumentary sitcom. Hence the show was by a single camera setup without any audience or laugh tracks and allowing the raw humor to make the show enjoyable. The single camera films the employees throughout their day while the employees acknowledge the presence of the camera, which includes participating in the filming and looking towards the camera in awkward situations. However, the main action of the show involves the employees talking to the camera in the form of a one-on-one setup. The setup was made of immovable walls, trapping the crew and employees and bringing out the claustrophobic office environment.

why did will ferrell leave the office

Steve Carrell in The Office

The first season of the show was met with a mixed response from the audience and critical reviews by various papers. Ricky Gervais that there was hesitation among the audience even before the show aired. New York Daily News claimed that the first season was so diluted that there was nothing left except some muddy water. USA Today stated that the show was mildly acceptable, and the British version of the same was far better.

However, the second season was quite nicely received by both audience and the critics. James Poniewozik of the Times named it as the second-best show of 2006 after “Battlestar Galactica.” The Office since then has been included on several top television series lists. The Office has a rating of 9 out of 10 on IMDb and 81 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, along with great viewer reviews.

why did will ferrell leave the office

A still from The Office

The Office has received many awards and huge recognition and appreciation throughout the globe. The series has received 42 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations and has bagged five wins. Along with this, the protagonist of the show Steve Carrell won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical in the year 2006. The American Film Institute also named the series the best Tv series in both 2006 and 2008. The series has also won Screen Actors Guild Awards by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in both 2006 and 2007 and, finally, a Peabody Award in the year 2006.

Why Did Will Ferrell Leave The Office

Will Ferrell played the role of Deangelo Jeremitrius Vickers in the show, who was the former branch manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder Miffin Paper Company. Will Ferrell’s character was originally made for a short run in the show and served the role of branch manager as Michael Scott relocated to Colorado; however, the exit was sudden and unexpected for the audience. Also, the character met with a basketball injury which was partly the reason for the exit; however, Will Ferrell did not have any project at hand; hence the exit was not totally by will.

why did will ferrell leave the office

Will Ferrell in The Office

Will Ferrell originally wanted to do a cameo in the show in its final season as he was a fan. However, the producers wanted him to play a character instead of a cameo. Right when everyone was worried about the aftermath of Michael Scott’s exit, Will Ferrell came up and was actually a welcomed addition to the show briefly. Everyone was happy about his addiction; however, he said that there was an intimidating air at the beginning.

why did will ferrell leave the office

Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell in The Office

The character was trying to dunk a basketball in the warehouse but ended up hitting his head, marking Will Ferrell’s exit and which resulted in the branch having no boss. The writers did intend to run the show for a few more episodes even after Steve Carrell’s exit, and even Will Ferrell was tempted to stay but did not at the end.

We wish Will Ferrell luck in his future endeavors, as he is an excellent actor and widely appreciated. You can go follow Will Ferrell’s socials and keep track of his activities.





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