The Office's Rainn Wilson Regrets Some Creative Decisions Post Carell's Exit

The Office's Rainn Wilson Regrets Some Creative Decisions Post Carell's Exit
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When the biggest The Office star left the show, it was a huge blow to many fans. However, it turns out that some of the cast also regret the path the show took after Carell's exit.

Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight Schrute on The Office, has been surprisingly open about the creative direction the iconic sitcom took after Steve Carell (Michael Scott) left the scene.

Speaking to fans during a Reddit Q&A session, the actor revealed that he has mixed feelings about The Office's post-Carell era.

"I think some mistakes were made in the Office last season creatively. That said, I think some of the best, most interesting, funniest stuff we've ever done was last season. The Talahassee stuff was pretty sublime, I thought. The Episode when I had an appendectomy was brilliant," Wilson said, responding to one of the questions.

When asked what he felt went wrong in the post-Carell era, the actor said, "There was something about the energy of the ensemble that was off.

"James Spader is one of the greatest actors known to man but the chemistry with him and Ed running the office was a bit dark and needed to be brighter and more energized," Wilson continued.

Wilson's mixed feelings are understandable. Despite his regrets about Carell's departure, recent seasons of The Office have given his character a chance to grow, especially when Dwight and the rest of the team took a trip down the coast to help set up the first Sabre store.

During this storyline, Dwight finally had a chance to shine and take on more responsibility after his chaotic tenure as Assistant Regional Manager. Still, Wilson is not the only one who believes that Carell's exit, which happened in Season 7, was a heartbreaking experience for the entire fandom.

After the exit, The Office had two more seasons, ending in 2013 after season 9.