A few days ago, some British newspaper announced that Ricky Gervais was going to make a special guest appearance on the last episode of America’s “The Office”. Not only that, but Ricky was allegedly going to play David Brent, the character from the UK’s “The Office”. Well, the reports were wrong, and now the American producers are setting the record straight.
Producer Paul Lieberstein (who plays Toby on the American version) says that Gervais will not appear on the “final episode” because the final episode is a “zillion episodes away”. Meaning, I suppose, that America’s “The Office” will be milked until Jim and Pam have grand-kids. But Paul/Toby drops a good hint about this season’s finale – Holly (Amy Ryan) will return! AHN has more:
The original “The Office” star and creator Ricky Gervais will not be guest starring in the U.S. version of the comedy mockumentary, contrary to reports.
U.K.’s The Daily Record reported last week that the British comedian will make a cameo on the last episode of the American sitcom as David Brent, his character in the BBC version of the show.
However, executive Paul Lieberstein said Gervais’ appearance is not happening anytime soon because the final episode is still a “zillion episodes away.”
Lieberstein, who also stars in the show as Toby Flenderson, told eonline.com, “We love Ricky, but have not had any discussions about an appearance on the U.S. show. And we haven’t given any thought to the final show because it is probably a zillion episodes away.”
As for the final episode of the season, a guest star would still appear in the person of “Gone Baby Gone” star Amy Ryan, who will return as Holly Flax.
I have really high hopes that Amy Ryan will come back for an extended visit. Holly and Michael are adorable together, and Amy Ryan the actress could do a lot worse than “series regular” on a hit show. She’s an Oscar-nominated actress (for Gone Baby Gone), but until “The Office” she was known only as a dramatic actress. The kicker is that she’s really funny, and doing exclusive film work isn’t all that great. Bring back Holly! And sign up Gervais, for the love of God. Just thinking about seeing Steve Carrell and Ricky Gervais in the same room already has me in stitches.