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OTRC: Ricky Gervais wants Will Arnett for 'The Office'

Will Arnett appears in a promotional photo for the FOX show 'Running Wilde'. / Ricky Gervais appears on 'The Office' on a Jan. 27, 2011 episode. (FOX / NBC)

Ricky Gervais wants Will Arnett to join "The Office," the hit NBC comedy show co-created by the British funnyman.

This year, the series is losing main actor Steve Carell, who has played the egotistical boss Michael Scott for the past seven seasons and announced his plans for departure last year.

Gervais, who played a similar role on the previous UK version of "The Office," has not specified what part he wants Arnett to play but said on his blog: "Had a little meeting with NBC about various things and recommended Will Arnett for a regular in 'The Office.' Thoughts? I think he's amazing."

Arnett's spokesperson and NBC had no immediate comment. Arnett, an American actor known for his roles on the comedy shows "Arrested Development" and "Running Wilde" has never appeared on "The Office" before.

In January, Gervais made a cameo appearance on the U.S. version of "The Office," reprising his role of David Brent, who inspired Carell's character. The UK series ended in 2003.

Carell, who has been nominated for an Emmy five times for his role, had said he is leaving the show to spend more time with his family. In recent years, he starred in major films such as "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

The actor is set to leave "The Office" before the season ends in May. Will Ferrell, one of the most popular comedy actors today, is set to appear on four episodes this year.

Carell has said "The Office" will be able to continue to be successful without him and hopes his character ends up happy.

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