Ricky Gervais for US Office?

Ricky Gervais is reportedly being considered as a replacement for Steve Carrell when he leaves the American version of 'The Office'

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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais could replace Steve Carrell in the American series of 'The Office'.

The British funnyman - who rose to fame as the lead character in the original version of the show - has reportedly been in talks to take over from the US version when Steve leaves.

Paul Lieberstein, the show's executive producer, said: "We talked about it today for a while. It's not the leading idea... but it's not a dead idea."

However, they haven't discussed how Ricky's legendary character, David Brent, would be able to make the move to America.

He explained to New York Magazine: "I don't know how David Brent could take Michael Scott's place because it would be a little bit too much of a coincidence that a documentary crew was also following him. He was also fired for incompetence in the UK 'Office', so we'd have to create some back story for what happened. "On the flip side, you have someone who's incredibly talented and who has played with a level of realism that's the same as our show."

However, Ricky admits he would rather pay for someone else to take over the part.

He quipped: "Why would I get up at 6am five days a week for seven years when I can hire someone else to do that and still get my syndication money?"

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