Great (Michael) Scott! Is Will Ferrell Joining 'The Office' Full-Time?

The funnyman himself hints that his four-episode guest stint on the show could become "a regular full-time gig"

Producers of The Office (NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET) have been tight-lipped about who will replace the bumbling but weirdly lovable Michael Scott (Steve Carell) next year. It's just so hard to imagine: Who else is idiotic enough to drink out of that "World's Greatest Boss" mug -- the one you just know Michael bought himself?

Turns out it might just be that other master of idiotic behavior, Will Ferrell! While we've known for weeks that Ferrell will be doing a four-episode "guest arc" on the show starting April 14, no one really thought the Hollywood A-lister would want to take over for Carell full-time. Actually, though, Ferrell recently told Us Weekly that it's "looking good" for him to step into the job on a permanent basis.

While remaining vague, Ferrell told Entertainment Weekly pretty much the same thing. "Yes, I'm taking over," Ferrel said. "My character's name is Deangelo Vickers, he loves the American Southwest, and he's just kind of in his own way going to step into Michael Scott's shoes and try to fill them. I'm friends with Steve and a fan of the show, and I just selfishly wanted to do one episode with him, and they pitched multiple ones, and I said, 'That'd be great.'" When EW asked if that meant his stint on the show was going to be permanent, he responded, "Yeah, a regular full-time gig."

While an insider tells EW that Ferrell "might have been joking, but time will tell" the decision for Will to tackle a full-time TV gig wouldn't be so far-fetched. Ferrell has three little boys (two of whom are now school-aged) with his wife, Viveca Paulin. A sitcom job would allow him to cut back on the traveling that's often required for films and spend more time with his family. Plus, Will is certainly not strapped for money right now. According to, he's worth $80 million.

If Ferrell does step into Michael's shoes, there's no doubt he'll be able to keep up the malapropisms -- executing them with his own blundering spin, of course!

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