Steve Carell has been starring in dramas for so many years now that his return to comedy as the host of this past weekend's "Saturday Night Live" was mined for laughs in the show's promos. But the actor will always be Michael Scott from "The Office," and Carell couldn't help but get fans' hopes up about a possible return to Dunder Mifflin during his monologue -- with a little help from his former co-workers.
Of course, as has been reported many times before, no such reboot has been officially announced by NBC just yet, though rumors have been flying for a while now. Carell addressed those whispers head-on -- on his former network, no less -- on Saturday, echoing recent comments he made about his doubts that the show would work today.
And then Ellie Kemper (who played Erin), Ed Helms (who played Andy), and Jenna Fischer (who played Pam, and has been vocal about wanting to appear in a reboot/revival) all showed up to demand that Carell sign off on the idea -- and cash in.
"Let's get that money, Steve!" Kemper urged Carell.
"You wouldn't have to do all those sad movies anymore," Helms noted of the financial windfall.
Fischer even tried to use the show's own plot to convince Carell, revealing the real final words Pam said as she bid Michael a tearful farewell in his last episode: "Steve, don't be a d*ck, do the reboot!"
Carell seemed to be swayed by this last admonishment, calling his castmates to the stage.
"I am proud to announce, officially, that... we have a great show tonight!" the actor said, eliciting an audible groan from the audience. Michael Scott always has to make jokes, doesn't he?
Maybe next time John Krasinski should join the gang to encourage Carell to reconsider.