Funny guy Will Ferrell is helping out his old bud Steve Carell by signing on to appear in four episodes of the NBC comedy The Office.
After all, what are friends for?
As reported in a Deadline New York exclusive, Ferrell called The Office producers and offered his services to help ease the show’s pain in losing its star. Carell is leaving after seven seasons, though the show will continue on without him in an eighth season
Ferrell will play a branch manager coming from the home office who is “just as inappropriate” as Carell’s character Michael Scott.
Maybe Ferrell will stick around longer than those few episodes. Bringing him to the cast has the potential of creating rampant hysteria.
The two actors are close friends and starred together in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Take it from someone who once worked in local television — that farce had real moments of truth!
Paul Lieberstein, who leads a double life as the annoying HR executive Toby Flenderson as well as being the show’s executive producer, proclaimed, “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.”
No word yet on when exactly NBC will air the Ferrell/Carell episodes (it will be toward the end of this season).