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OTRC: Steve Carell gets final Emmy nomination for 'The Office' - does he deserve to win?

Steve Carell appears in a scene from the NBC series 'The Office.' (Chris Haston / NBC)

Steve Carell on Thursday, July 14, earned his sixth and final Emmy nomination for his role as egotistical boss Michael Scott on the NBC series "The Office."

The 48-year-old actor recently left the show, which aired its seventh season finale in May. He has said he would exit "The Office" so he could spend more time with his family.

Since the show debuted in 2005, Carell won one Golden Globe Award for his role. He has been nominated for one as well as for an Emmy every year since the premiere of "The Office."

He has not commented about his latest Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series, which was announced live from Los Angeles on Thursday.

Carell faces off against Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki from the CBS show "The Big Bang Theory," Matt LeBlanc, who plays himself on the Showtime series "Episodes," Louis C.K. of the FX program "Louie" and Alec Baldwin from NBC's "30 Rock."

Carell, who rose to fame in the late 1990s as a correspondent for "The Daily Show," has never been nominated for an individual Emmy for his past roles.

In recent years, Carell has starred in major films such as "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and has become one of the most sought-after comedic movie actors.

One of his newest movies, the romantic comedy "Crazy, Stupid Love," is set for release on July 29. It also stars Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone.

Carell has said "The Office" will be able to continue to be successful without him.

Meanwhile, after a creepy turn in the seventh season finale of "The Office" as Robert California, James Spader has signed on to join the cast of the half-hour comedy, it was confirmed earlier this month.

However, a statement from the network makes it clear that California will not be stepping into the role of Michael Scott's recently vacated role of regional manager of Dunder Mifflin for long. Spader's character will replace Kathy Bates' character as the CEO of Sabre, the parent company of Dunder Mifflin.

Spader's character was one of the few candidates interviewed in the finale to fill the role Scott left as regional manager of the Scranton branch on the show. Other celebrities that appeared on the episode as candidates for the position included Jim Carrey, "The Office" creator Ricky Gervais and Ray Romano.

"The Office" has won a total of four Emmys and has been nominated 39 times. It earned four nods for the 2011 Emmy Awards, which is set to take place on September 18 - see a full list of nominations.