Will Ferrell will be making a four episode guest appearance on this season of The Office, the fourth episode being after Steve Carell has departed from the show.
Ferrell, 43, will play a Dunder Mifflin/Sabre manager who visits the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch from the corporate home office. Ferrell’s character is said to be “just as inappropriate as Steve Carell’s Michael Scott character.”
The Office’s executive producer Paul Lieberstein (who also appears on the show as HR executive Toby) said their goal in signing on Ferrell was twofold: to help send off Carell in a big way, but also to help get Ferrell star more exposure.
“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star,” Lieberstein said. “We are proud to continue ‘The Office’s’ tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see. Tremendous raw sexuality.”
Carell announced last year he would be exiting The Office, and it was recently reported he would be leaving before the season finale, most likely at some point in April.
NBC has not yet announced when those episodes will air, but Ferrell is said to be committed to appear in one episode after Carell’s finale.