By Emily Exton
December 13, 2010 at 05:37 PM EST

Last Thursday may have been Michael Scott’s last Office Christmas party, but Steve Carell is still thinking about the show’s future, even if it doesn’t include him. Carell will be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow, spreading holiday cheer and sharing his ideas for Michael’s replacement next season. Among his most surprising potential candidates? Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Read an excerpt from their interview below.

Steve: I honestly don’t know what they’re going to do. There are various ideas. It’s funny. The producers have, time to time, thrown names out there to screw people up.

Ellen: Oh, really?

Steve: Yeah. They’ll just put anybody. They’ll just start naming [people]. Colin Powell, I think is going to be the next Michael Scott. And people jump on it and don’t see the irony at all.

Ellen: Maybe they’re testing it to see what people are going to respond to the most. If there’s a name that people really kind of hold on to.

Steve: Yeah, that’s true.

Ellen: Don’t you have an idea? Do you have somebody or like a few people that you think would be great to replace you?

Steve: You know what. I’m leaving that to the producers. I think it would be in their best interest just to sort of go in a different direction and not try to do the same type of character.

Ellen: I agree.

Carell has previously said he doesn’t need Michael to find happiness to be satisfied with his impending exit, so it makes sense that he doesn’t expect nor want producers to recreate Michael 2.0. But will Scranton be the same without “…that’s what she said” silencing every meeting? Would you rather have a Regional Manager who has a little bit of Michael Scott’s je ne sais quoi, or do you hope the show goes in a different direction entirely? Should The Office hire someone new, or promote a current employee — Kelly has been climbing the ranks thanks to Sabre’s Minority Executive Training Program … Hello Kitty laptop sleeves for everyone! — sound off below! [Cinemablend]

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